By: Alexis Levinson, Political Reporter
December 17, 2013
Utah Rep. Jim Matheson made the announcement Tuesday on Facebook.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service,” he wrote in a post. “Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives.”
Matheson indicated that this did not necessarily mean the end of his political career.
“Public service has been integral to my life for as long as I can remember,” he wrote. “I was raised to the honor in public service and the responsibility of holding the public trust. My time in Congress has only strengthened these beliefs.”
“I take the role of representative seriously and intend to conclude this chapter of my service to our state in the same way I have always approached my job. You can count on me to work hard, to solve problems, to achieve progress and to put Utah first,” he said. “While at the end of 2014 my tenure in the House of Representatives will come to an end, my duty to our state and our country will undoubtedly continue.”
Matheson faced a tough re-election campaign last year against former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, a Republican, who lost by only 768 votes. Love is running again in 2014. If elected, she would be the first black female Republican to serve in Congress.
“Congressman Matheson has served our state with passion and has been a dedicated public servant during his tenure in Congress,” Love said in a statement. “His announcement today does not change my campaign to represent the people of Utah’s 4th congressional district. I wish Congressman Matheson the very best during his final year as Congressman.”