[Ed. – At the end of April, Chaffetz announced he would have to take a month off for foot surgery. He’s definitely not the worst of the lot. On the whole, he will be missed.]
Jason Chaffetz , chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, on Thursday posted a letter to his website saying that he would step down.
“I’ve slept on a cot in my office largely to save money for the Chaffetz family, but also to remind myself that my service there was temporary,” Mr. Chaffetz wrote. “Though the time away and the travel have been a sacrifice, our family has always been united that public service was the right thing to do. We feel my time in congress has been well spent, but it now seems the right time to turn the page.” …
It is unclear who would succeed Mr. Chaffetz as chairman of the House committee. Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) ran for committee chairman against Mr. Chaffetz in 2014. The most senior member of the committee is Rep. John Duncan (R., Tenn.). A spokeswoman for Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., N.C.), who sits on the committee and led a select panel’s two-year investigation into the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost and Central Intelligence Agency annex in Benghazi, Libya, said he was interested in the position.
Mr. Chaffetz’s successor in Utah’s third district will likely be a Republican.