Jason Chaffetz

John Curtis Wins GOP Primary for Chaffetz’s Seat in Utah
Provo mayor had been attacked for his Democratic past

Utah Republican John Curtis won the 3rd District Republican primary on Tuesday. (Courtesy John Curtis Facebook page)

Provo Mayor John Curtis has won the Republican primary to replace former Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Utah’s 3rd District.

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Curtis had 41 percent of the vote, The Associated Press reported. The other two contenders, former state Rep. Chris Herrod and businessman Tanner Ainge, trailed with 31 percent and 28 percent, respectively. 

Tight Race for Chaffetz’s Utah Seat Due to Outside Spending
Three GOP candidates face off in Tuesday’s primary

Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz vacated his House seat in June, triggering a special election in the 3rd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican primary to fill former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s seat has tightened in the final days before the Tuesday election, thanks to buckets of outside money being poured into the race.

The primary is “certainly not a race [where] I would want to bet the farm on who was going to win,” veteran Utah GOP consultant Dave Hansen said.

Chaffetz to Become Harvard Institute of Politics Fellow
Former House Oversight chairman is now Fox News contributor

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, will join the Harvard Institute of Politics as a fall fellow. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will join the Harvard Institute of Politics as a fellow this coming fall.

Chaffetz resigned at the end of June after three terms in the House and signed on as a Fox News contributor.

Congressional Pay and Benefits at a Standstill, With a Cost
Self-denial makes political sense, but doesn’t aide Capitol culture or productivity

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz has become the latest lawmaker to be candid about the high cost of being a member of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Call it quitters’ candor.

Members of Congress sometimes say the darnedest things on their way out the door, especially when taking their leave on their own terms and not because voters insisted on it. Jason Chaffetz recently became the latest such lawmaker.

Chaffetz to Write Book about the ‘Deep State’
Calls it ‘a monster unto itself’

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced he will be writing a book about the so-called "deep state." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Outgoing Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he’s writing a book about the “deep state,” calling it “a monster unto itself.”

Chaffetz made the announcement on KSL Newsradio’s “The Doug Wright Show” and said he has unique experience with the entity as former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Measuring Chaffetz’s Legacy on Twitter
Utah Republican has been one of the House’s most active tweeters

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been a prolific tweeter. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, one of the more prolific tweeters of the House, will need a new Twitter handle soon. The Utah Republican, or @jasoninthehouse as he’s known on the social media platform, submitted his resignation letter to the chamber June 23. He will officially step down Friday. His years in the House, which began in 2009, have closely aligned with Twitter’s rise in the political arena.

Among his compatriots in the freshman class of 2008, Chaffetz has been the most active tweeter. His 7,600 tweets and 276,000 followers are the highest counts among the House members who started their service in the chamber alongside him. His most popular tweets, measured by retweets, have all been about scandals surrounding last year’s presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump.

Chaffetz to Become Fox News Contributor
Congressman to start new job the day after he leaves office

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is swarmed by the media while departing the Longworth House Office Building. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Jason Chaffetz, who resigned his Utah congressional seat in the middle of his term because “the time has come for us to move on,” will become a Fox News contributor on July 1, the day after he leaves office.

Chaffetz said that he was looking for new jobs, “poking around to see what I might be worth,” as early as April. Fox News will pay him to give his opinion on politics on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. His first appearance on the conservative news network comes Wednesday, the day of the announcement, while he is still technically serving in Congress.

Chaffetz Formally Sends Resignation Letter
Sets off race in his home district

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, will resign on June 30. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s letter of resignation was read on the floor of the House of Representatives Friday.

Chaffetz’s resignation is effective on June 30 at 10 a.m. He had announced his resignation last month.

United Utah Party Sues to Get on Ballot to Replace Chaffetz
Party is led by Jim Bennett, son of late Sen. Bob Bennett.

Jim Bennett could have appeared on the ballot as unaffiliated, but he said, “I’m not unfailliated and I don’t want to run and pretend that I am.” (United Utah Party)

Jim Bennett, the son of former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, has a new political party, and he wants it on the ballot in the Utah special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Bennett is suing the state of Utah to get on the ballot with United Utah Party next to his name, after state officials ruled in May that there wouldn't be time to verify the 2,600 signatures gathered to create the new party before the election.

Republicans Are 4-0 Defending Seats, but Could Still Be in Trouble
In each of the contested special elections, Democrats performed better than they had in years

Karen Handel gives her victory speech Tuesday night in Georgia after winning the 6th District special election. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Wednesday was a day for Republicans to rest easy. After winning the Georgia and South Carolina special elections Tuesday, the party avoided losing any congressional seats vacated by members who entered President Donald Trump’s administration.

But it’s not all good news for the GOP (or bad news for Democrats). In each of the four races where Republicans were defending seats — Kansas’ 4th, Montana’s at large seat, South Carolina’s 5th and Georgia’s 6th — Democrats did better than they had in any of those districts’ congressional elections since at least 2010.