House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said he will retire at the end of his current term to spend more time with his family.

Seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, Chaffetz said Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unsuccessfully tried to convince him to stay.


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"I love my family more than the work," Chaffetz said.

He recalled that when he recently turned 50, he realized he had spent more than 1500 nights sleeping in a cot in his Capitol Hill office, while his wife and children were two time zones away.

Chaffetz said his retirement is an example of him practicing what he preaches: "get in, serve, get out."

He said he will not run for any office in 2018, even if 83-year-old Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) decides to retire.

Chaffetz expressed optimism for the future of Utah politics in his absence, noting that some people have reportedly discussed asking former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) to run in that state.


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