Fox News announced Wednesday it has hired soon-to-be former Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, as a contributor.
Chaffetz, 50, announced in April that he would be leaving the House of Representatives to return to the private sector. His last day in office is Friday.
In a release, Fox said Chaffetz would officially begin with the network the following day, July 1. He will be a guest on FNC’s Special Report on Thursday night.
Chaffetz, now serving in his fifth term representing Utah’s 3rd congressional district, made clear in announcing his decision that he is not leaving the House to run for the seat currently held by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who has announced his retirement, creating an opening in 2018.
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Chaffetz recently relinquished his post as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
He was also a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Homeland Security Committee.
The Washingtonian reported in May that Chaffetz had been telling his congressional colleagues that he planned to join Fox News.
While Chaffetz has said that he will not seek office in 2018, he has not ruled out a future run.
“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.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s term is up in 2020, which is an office Chaffetz could seek.
The primary to fill Chaffetz’s seat is in August.
Former state representative Chris Herrod will face off against Provo Mayor John Curtis and Tanner Ainge, son of the Boston Celtics executive and former Brigham Young University standout Danny Ainge.
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