SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop said Monday he won't run for Utah governor.

He told the Deseret News that he is “too old” at 68 to run for another office, and he doesn't need to be governor to “validate my feeling of self worth.”

Bishop instead endorsed former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright, one of several Republicans vying for the job in a crowded field that also includes former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is not running for reelection.

Wright fit the bill of a candidate who is “very strong in coming up with creative, pragmatic solutions that had to be based on conservative, constitutional principles,” Bishop said.

Bishop pledged not to run for a ninth term in northern Utah's 1st Congressional District because he wouldn’t have been able to continue as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee beyond 2020 under congressional term limits.

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