Jim Matheson (D-UT) announced that he will not be running for re-election in November 2014.

Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis issued the following statement Tuesday: “We are grateful for Representative Matheson’s many years of dedicated public service. Jim is the latest in a long line of Mathesons who have devoted themselves to being the kind of steward that Utahns can trust. His pragmatic, roll-up-your-sleeves leadership is something rare to find in modern politics, and Utah’s Republican Party. Whether the fight was Wasatch Wilderness, ensuring CHIP funding would continue, or fighting on behalf of Utah’s downwinders, Jim has been there when Utah needed him. He has been honorable, consistent, and unrelentingly determined to always putting Utah first. His retirement is a loss, not just for Utah, but for the country. We will miss him, and look forward to his next chapter – and to the upcoming fight in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District!”

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the most senior member of the Utah Congressional delegation, issued the following statement after Congressman Jim Matheson announced he will retire: “During my 37 years in the United States Congress, I’d be hard pressed to name someone who I’ve enjoyed serving alongside of more than Jim Matheson. While we didn’t agree on everything, you always knew that Jim was doing what he sincerely felt was best for our state. From public land rights, to standing up for Hill Air Force Base, to fighting against Obamacare, I’ve been proud to stand with Jim on behalf of Utahns and the values we hold dear. Jim and I have represented Utah together for 13 years, and I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him and his family for much longer.  I wish Jim, his beautiful wife Amy, and their sons Will and Harris much love and success in whatever comes next for their family.”