Jason Chaffetz is an American politician of the Republican Party and an associate of Fox News who served as the United States representative for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District (2009-2017). Chaffetz also served for two years (2015-2017) as chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Jason Chaffetz, who is widely known as a strong supporter of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, became known in 2015 for his extensive investigation of the Hillary Clinton e-mail controversy.
Aside from being, like most Trump supporters, a vocal critic of the Barack Obama administration, Chaffetz is also critical of planned parenthood. He left the House of Representatives on June 30, 2017, to work with Fox News as a speaker, and here you can learn more about his career, resignation, and family life.
Jason Chaffetz Biography
Jason E. Chaffetz was born on March 26, 1967, in Los Gatos, California, and grew up with his brother Ale in the states of Arizona and Colorado. His Jewish father, John A. Chaffetz, was a businessman and his mother, Margaret A. Wood, runs a photography business. Chaffetz has an older half-brother named John Dukakis, who is descended from his father’s first wife, Kitty Dukakis.
He grew up in the city, attended high school in both California and Colorado, in particular Middle Park High School in Granby, and received a sports scholarship to Brigham Young University. During his college years, he played two seasons as a starting placekicker on the school’s soccer team, scoring 16 of 25 field goals and 89 of 94 point-after-hours.
He graduated from BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications with a B.A. in Communications in 1989 and excelled in sports with a record for the most extra tries in a game, the most consecutive extra points, and the most extra points in a game.
Jason Chaffetz spent up to ten years in public relations for a multi-level marketing company called Nu Skin International before moving into politics.
He joined the Republican Party after meeting former US President Ronald Reagan in 1990. His attempt to become an agent for the U.S. Secret Service was unsuccessful, and in 2004 he served as campaign manager for the Utah Governor’s candidate, Jon Huntsman.
After Huntsman won and took office in January 2005, Chaffetz became chief of staff at the time he founded corporate communications and marketing firm called Utah Inc. He was also appointed trustee of Utah Valley State College and served in other public services, including as chairman of the Utah National Guard, and was a member of the Highland City Planning Commission.
Jason Chaffetz ran for and won the U.S. House of Representatives for Utah. On October 1, 2007, he officially participated in the race for the Republican nomination in District 3 against six-time Chris Cannon.
Chaffetz won the nomination with 59 percent over Cannon’s 40 percent and would have been elected without a primary if he had reached 60 percent of the delegates. This in turn would have ruined the political career of his opponent. Chaffetz defeated Cannon in a so-called crushing victory on June 24, 2008, with 60 to 40 percent of the vote, considering that Cannon was supported by high government officials, including George W. Bush, the two U.S. Senators, and almost the entire state Republican establishment.
In the 2008 general election, Chaffetz won 66 percent of the vote when the Democratic Party and the Constitutional Party candidates were compared. One of his remarkable campaign mantras was the statement that he would sleep on a cot in his office instead of renting an apartment in Washington, D.C. He said he was trying to set an example that you don’t need big dollars to achieve a goal.
From 2010 to 2016, he won all re-elections for second, third, fourth, and fifth terms with 72, 72, 76, and 74 percent votes respectively against Democratic candidates. Chaffetz was also chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives from 2014 to 2017.
Family Life, Wife
Chaffetz and his wife Julie Johnson were married in February 1991 after they met at a wedding in Arizona when he was in high school and she was in junior high school at Brigham Young University.
The family lives with their three children in Alpine, on the northeastern edge of Utah County: Max Chaffetz, Ellis Chaffetz, and Kate Chaffetz.
Why Did He Resign?
The resignation of Jason Chaffetz did not seem to be for any particular political reason. But speculation indicated dissatisfaction with his resignation, which was expressed by demonstrators because he had not probed President Trump, followed by multiple death threats via messages.
He resorted to his social media handle to announce that he would neither seek re-election nor run for political office in 2018. His resignation from the House of Representatives came after “prayerful consideration” on June 30, 2017, six months after the end of his two-year term.
Meanwhile, Jason was on a month-long leave of absence from Congress after a doctor recommended that he undergo immediate surgery to avert the risk of infection from orthopedic hardware installed in his foot due to a previous ladder-related injury.
In addition to working with Fox News as a contributor, it was announced that Jason Chaffetz would be visiting the Institute of Politics (IOP) as a storm friend.
In 2012, Jason’s estimated net assets were $888,506. With estimated net assets of $3 million in 2018, Chaffetz lives comfortably. His house is reportedly worth about $1 million. Other reports show that he had up to $308,000 in 2015. It has been noted that Congressmen receive $174,000 per year plus $2,500 per month in housing benefit, which is used to pay for housing in Washington, one of the most expensive places to live in the United States.
As for his Fox News paycheck, Chaffetz hinted that it was attractive enough not to need housing assistance.