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U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, won't seek eighth term

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Seven-term U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, said Tuesday he will not seek re-election.

"When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters," Matheson, 53, said in a statement posted to his official website.

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"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.

"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 did not disclose his plans for his future.

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