House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in 2018.
The Utah Republican, who’s been in Congress since 2009, confirmed the decision on Facebook.
“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” he wrote, while hinting at another run in the future.
“After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018,” he said, adding: “For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.”
Chaffetz was a leading figure in Congress’ investigations into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email use.