Chaffetz Hired by Fox News as Contributor

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June 28, 2017

Fox News has officially hired Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), who is set to leave Congress on Friday, as its newest contributor, according to a statement from the network.

The Utah congressman had already announced that he would leave Congress before the end of his term, raising questions about his future plans, but now he will be going to Fox News.

Speculation had swirled after Chaffetz's announcement of early retirement that he might join a television network.

Chaffetz will be a contributor giving political analysis, a statement from Fox News said. On Saturday, the day after he leaves Congress, Chaffetz will officially become part of the cable news giant.

Chaffetz, 50, has said that his desire to leave Congress stemmed from wanting to spend more time with his family, who he rarely gets to see while in Washington, D.C. He also expressed frustration with the current political climate on Capitol Hill, saying last month that "at some point, you've got to get off this crazy train."

Chaffetz came into office in 2008 and spent over two years as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.