In the four presidential elections between 2000 and 2012, Republican candidates won the district by more than 65 percent of the vote.
"It's a tough decision". Chaffetz cited personal reasons for declining to run and said he may campaign again in the future, but would not do so in 2018. "I really meant it when I said I was going to get in, serve and get out". Names also began circulating to go up against Chaffetz if he were to run for governor of Utah in 2020.
From his Oversight perch, Chaffetz has also vowed to aggressively step up congressional oversight of the District of Columbia. I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career. I preach that you want to get in, serve and get out.
Chaffetz has been more visible than most colleagues as chairman since 2015 of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a post considered critical for government transparency and accountability.
If Chaffetz runs for Utah governor, however, he won't necessarily be the front-runner, Karpowitz said.
Since Trump took office, Chaffez has faced fractious town halls packed with angry voters who accuse him of providing comparatively lax oversight of the sitting Republican president.
Notwithstanding the comments in the article above, Chaffetz represents a solidly Republican district so it's likely that whoever manages to win the Republican nomination to replace him will end up winning the General Election in 2018.
"Americans have choices", he responded. Chaffetz later conceded on Fox News that his point about people being self-reliant didn't come out as smoothly as it could have. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, heads to his auto after being his fourth interview in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Republicans to watch as potential replacements for Chaffetz include: Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes, State Senator Deidre Henderson, Provo Mayor John Curtis and National Committeeman Thomas Wright.
Why are Democrats so happy to see Chaffetz go?
Weiler said without Chaffetz running, it would open up the field to some promising Republican candidates and make it harder for Democrats to raise money.
"I think we have to realize that the Republican party has shamed itself", she said.