Jim Matheson, Democratic Congressman, Won't Run For Reelection

12/17/2013 02:47 pm ET | Updated Dec 17, 2013

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) announced Tuesday that he would not run for reelection in 2014, setting up a potential pickup opportunity for Republicans in the state's conservative 4th District.

"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 in a statement on Facebook. "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 won reelection by a mere 768 votes in 2012 against Mia Love, who spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention and would have become the first black female Republican congresswoman had she won.

Matheson is the only Democrat in Utah's congressional delegation and represents a very Republican district, having a Cook Political rating of R+16, meaning that it is 16 points more Republican than the nation as a whole.

Love announced in May that she would run again for the seat.

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