Chris Stewart (politician)
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Chris Stewart Politician

Chris Stewart
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd district

January 3, 2013
Jim Matheson
Personal details
Born
Christopher Douglas Stewart

(1960-07-15) July 15, 1960 (age 59)
Logan, Utah, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Evie Stewart
RelationsTed Stewart (brother)
Children6
EducationUtah State University (BA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1984-1998
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Major

Christopher Douglas Stewart (born July 15, 1960)[1] is an American politician, author, and businessman, who currently represents Utah's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He is also known for his bestsellers Seven Miracles That Saved America and The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World, as well as his series, The Great and Terrible.

Stewart graduated from Utah State University in 1984 before joining the United States Air Force. Later, Stewart began writing novels and became the President and CEO of the Shipley Group.

Stewart is a member of the Republican Party. His time in Congress has been marked by his efforts to defund or repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), his denial of climate change, and his vigorous defense of President Trump.

Early life and education

Stewart was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. His father was a retired Air Force pilot and teacher. His mother, Sybil S. Stewart, was a full-time homemaker and was recognized as the Utah Mother of the Year in 1996.[2]

Stewart graduated from Sky View High School in 1978 and entered Utah State University in the fall of the same year. After a year in college, Stewart served as a Mormon missionary in Texas. After his church service, Stewart re-entered Utah State University, and in 1984 earned a degree in economics from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Military service

Stewart served in the Air Force for 14 years, initially flying rescue helicopters and then transitioning to fixed-wing jets and flying the B-1B bomber. He was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Mountain Home Air Force Base, and other Air Force bases.

After college, Stewart was accepted into the Air Force's Officer Training School, followed by assignment to Undergraduate Pilot Training, graduating top of his class in both instances. Stewart flew both helicopters and jet aircraft during his time in the military.[3]

In 1995, Stewart was awarded the Mackay Trophy for "significant aerial achievement" for the combat capability operation known as Coronet Bat. On June 3, 1995, Stewart and a flight of two B-1s set the world record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world. Stewart was the senior project officer for this mission. The purpose of the mission was to demonstrate the capability of the B-1 Lancer with live bombing activity over three bombing ranges on three continents in two hemispheres.[4] In the process, the team set three world records, flying 36,797.65 kilometers in 36 hours 13 minutes.[5] The mission was recounted in the book Supersonic Saints: Thrilling Stories from LDS Pilots.[]

Private sector career

Business career

After his military career, Stewart turned to the private sector. He was the president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a consulting company that specializes in energy and environmental issues.[6] Shipley also participates in government anti-terrorism training, corporate security and executive preparedness consulting. He sold his majority ownership in Shipley Group in December 2012 prior to being sworn in as a U.S. congressman.[7]

Writing career

Stewart first began writing books in the late nineties. His first novel, Shattered Bone, was published in 1998.[8] Stewart wrote four additional techno-thrillers before he began writing the series The Great and Terrible. Before completing his last book in that series, he started writing historical novels. His book Seven Miracles That Saved America was chosen as "Book of the Month", and The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World became a New York Times Bestseller within two weeks of publication, and was selected for the National Communications Award by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge. The Miracle of Freedom and Seven Miracles That Saved America were co-written with his brother, U.S. district judge Ted Stewart. The Miracle of Freedom was endorsed by radio/talk show host Glenn Beck, and Beck's coverage is credited with the book becoming a bestseller.[9][10] Stewart has written fourteen books.[11][unreliable source] He has worked with Elizabeth Smart to co-write her memoir, My Story.[12] In 2005, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed A Christmas Bell for Anya, which he co-authored with his wife Evie.[13][14][15]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2012

On October 21, 2011, Utah Policy wrote that Stewart was going to run for Congress in Utah's 2nd congressional district.[16] His formal announcement took place on December 6, 2011.[17][18]

On April 21, 2012, at a controversial nominating convention, Stewart secured the Republican nomination. Prior to the convention, an anonymous anti-Stewart mailer was sent to convention delegates. In his speech to delegates, another candidate, Milt Hanks alleged that the other candidates had made an anti-Stewart pact. Stewart's opponents considered the mailer and the allegations to be a set-up to elicit sympathy for Stewart's candidacy; they later filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over the incident.[19][20]

Stewart won the general election with 62% of the vote, defeating Jay Seegmiller, and took office on January 3, 2013.

2014

In the 2014 election, Stewart was challenged by Luz Robles, a state senator and vice president of Zions Bank. Robles suspended campaigning for two months to serve as caregiver for her daughter and mother, who were seriously injured in a car accident.[21]

2016

In the 2016 election, Stewart faced Charlene Albarran, a business owner and philantrophist.[22] Stewart defeated Albarran with 62% of the vote.

2018

Stewart faced Shireen Ghorbani, an Iranian-American, in the 2018 election. As of April 2018, Stewart had six times as much cash on hand as Ghorbani.[23]

On Election Night, Stewart won with 56% of the vote. After her concession speech, Stewart called her "a great opponent."[24]

2020

UtahPolicy.com reported the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee considers Stewart potentially vulnerable to a strong opponent, due to Donald Trump's unpopularity in the 2nd District, and Stewart's record of vigorously defending him. As of September 2019, only one Democrat has declared his candidacy in the race against Stewart.[25]


Tenure

Stewart was chairman of the House Sub-Committee on the Environment.[26]

A July 2019 poll showed Stewart with the lowest approval rating of any member of Utah's congressional delegation.[27]

Committee assignments

Source: [1]

Source: [2]

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Utah's 2nd congressional district: Results 2012-[33]
Year Republican Votes Pct Democrat Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2012 154,523 62 83,176 33 Constitution 5,051 2 Independent 2,971 1 Independent 2,824 1
2014 88,915 61 47,585 33 Constitution 4,509 3 Independent American 3,328 2 Independent 1,734 1
2016 170,524 62 93,778 34 Constitution 12,517 5
2018 151,489 56 105,051 39 Libertarian 13,504 5

Political positions

Healthcare

Stewart's official congressional webpage highlights his efforts to defund and repeal Obamacare

According to Stewart's website, "since arriving in Congress," he has "consistently supported efforts to defund and repeal Obamacare." He co-sponsored the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 and voted 40 times to "repeal, defund or dismantle the law." He also promised to "continue to do all that [he] can to seek strategic opportunities to... defund, delay and repeal this healthcare law." In the place of Obamacare, Stewart supported the passage of the American Healthcare Reform Act.[34]

Environment

Stewart rejects the idea that climate change is being caused by human activities. In 2013, he wrote an opinion piece for the Salt Lake Tribune in which he claimed that "the science regarding climate change is anything but settled"; that "there is uncertainty regarding to what degree man is to blame for global warming"; and that to implement proposed solutions to climate change, the cost would be in the "trillions of dollars".[26]

In 2014, Stewart sponsored H.R. 1422 (113th Congress), the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2014, which would reform the composition and activities of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) science advisory board. Under the bill, at least 10% of the members of the board would be required to be from state, local, or tribal governments, and corporate and industry experts would no longer be excluded from the board and board members would be prohibited from advising the EPA in discussions that cite their work. The bill was opposed by Democrats and critics such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, who said it would enable conflicts of interests and restrict scientists' ability to provide proper advice to the government.[35][36]

Bundy standoff

In an interview regarding the Bundy standoff of 2014, Stewart said that the Bureau of Land Management could have avoided the standoff by allowing local sheriffs to intervene. Citing concerns about the level of weaponry carried by federal agents, he also sponsored a bill (H.R. 4934) to demilitarize federal regulatory agencies.[37][38]

Zika virus

In 2016, Stewart introduced a bill to allow unused Ebolavirus funding to research and combat the Zika virus.[39] The proposal was adopted as part of a separate bill the next year, Zika Response Appropriations Act, a bill to shift $622 million in unused Ebola funding to fight the Zika virus.[40]

Donald Trump

Stewart is considered to be one of President Trump's most steadfast defenders in Congress.[25] After Trump stated he would be open to receiving intelligence on a campaign opponent from a foreign country and not alerting the FBI, Stewart defended him, saying that if the information is "credible, I think it would be foolish not to take that information."[41] According to Ellen Weintraub, the chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, it is illegal for a campaign to accept anything of value from a foreign person or entity in regards to a U.S. election.[42]

According to political polling and reporting website FiveThirtyEight, Stewart's votes aligned with Trump's positions around 96% of the time (as of September 2019).[43]

Previously, during the 2016 Republican Primary election, Stewart had been critical of Trump. Addressing an audience at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Stewart compared him to fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, and said "if some of you are Donald Trump supporters, we see the world differently, because I can't imagine what someone is thinking."[44]

Stewart has defended Trump's actions with regards to the Trump-Ukraine scandal, and called for Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, to recuse himself from the investigation of Trump's dealings.[45][46]

Mueller Investigation

After Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of the Mueller Report, Stewart released the following statement:

Stewart's statement did not address the issue of obstruction of justice. The Mueller Report stated that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him" from the charge of obstruction of justice.[48]

After the release of the report, Stewart accused the "former leadership" of the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the CIA of "astounding" corruption, without providing any further details or supporting evidence. He also called for a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's emails and allegations of spying on the Trump campaign that led to the opening of the Mueller investigation.[49]

Stewart was the only member of Congress from Utah to question Mueller during his appearance before Congress on July 24, 2019. Stewart confronted Mueller about leaks that he asserted came from Mueller's office and were allegedly "designed to weaken or embarrass" President Trump.[50] Mueller's office was considered by others to be one of the least likely sources of leaks: according to Max Boot, a Washington Post columnist, "any reporter in Washington could attest that the special counsel's office was the most leak-proof office in DC--far more so than Congress or the White House."[51]

References

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  2. ^ Palmer, Douglas. "Mothers honored for the love and service they give families". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Stewart.house.gov. "Biography".
  4. ^ "Awards". National Aeronautic Association. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Squadron Service 1985-2001". Targetlock. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "The Shipley Group". Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "New Utah congressman sells his consulting business". Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Stewart, Chris (1998). Shattered Bone. M. Evans & Company.
  9. ^ "Author Chris Stewart running for 2nd District seat". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "Glenn Beck catapults The Miracle of Freedom to bestseller". Shadow Mountain. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ Chris Stewart at Goodreads
  12. ^ "Elizabeth Smart to finally publish her own version of her abduction". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Bloom, Claire (2006). "A Christmas Bell for Anya". Deseret Book.
  14. ^ Stewart, Chris (2006). "A Christmas Bell for Anya". Shadow Mountain. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ Haddock, Sharon. "Patriotic author stresses sacrifice". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Add Another Republican Name to the 2nd District Race". Utah Policy.
  17. ^ Gehrke, Robert. "Two new candidates join GOP field for 2nd District". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013.
  18. ^ Montero, David. "Stewart launches bid with help of Bangerter, Hansen, Beck". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013.
  19. ^ "Utah Set to Send Glenn Beck-Approved End Times Novelist to Congress". Mother Jones. line feed character in |publisher= at position 8 (help)
  20. ^ "Holy Ghost employed to ensure victory". Salt Lake Tribune.
  21. ^ "2nd District: Stewart, Robles reject extremist labels". Salt Lake Tribune.
  22. ^ "Albarran taking on Stewart in Utah's 2nd District". The Spectrum.
  23. ^ "In her bid to unseat Rep. Chris Stewart, Democrat Shireen Ghorbani is finding that many voters don't even know the name of their congressman". Salt Lake Tribune.
  24. ^ "Democratic challenger Shireen Ghorbani concedes in Utah's District 2 race to Rep. Chris Stewart".
  25. ^ a b "National Democrats think Rep. Chris Stewart could be vulnerable in 2020". UtahPolicy.com.
  26. ^ a b "Stewart cautious on climate change". Salt Lake Tribune.
  27. ^ "McAdams has the highest approval rating of Utah's members of Congress, while Romney gets the highest disapproval". UtahPolicy.com.
  28. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ Stewart.house.gov. "Committees and Caucuses". Retrieved 2019.
  30. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved 2018.
  31. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  32. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved 2019.
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  34. ^ "I'm Working to Defund and Delay Obamacare". stewart.house.gov. Retrieved 2019.
  35. ^ Marcos, Cristina (November 18, 2014). "House passes bill to reform EPA science panel". The Hill. Retrieved 2014.
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  38. ^ "H.R. 4934 - Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act". June 23, 2014.
  39. ^ Thomas Burr, Utah's Chris Stewart seeks Ebola money to fight Zika virus, St. Louis Tribune (February 3, 2016).
  40. ^ Matt Canham, House passes Chris Stewart-led Zika bill, White House threatens veto, St. Louis Tribune (May 20, 2017).
  41. ^ "Utah Rep. Chris Stewart says it would be 'foolish' for a candidate not to look at foreign intel against an opponent". Salt Lake Tribune.
  42. ^ "One public servant follows her oath, while another violates it". Washington Post.
  43. ^ "Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump: Chris Stewart". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2019.
  44. ^ "Utah's Rep. Chris Stewart calls Trump 'our Mussolini'". KUTV.
  45. ^ "Rep. Chris Stewart on calls for full House vote on impeachment, Adam Schiff's recusal". Fox News.
  46. ^ . Salt Lake Tribune https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2019/10/06/utah-rep-chris-stewart/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  47. ^ "Stewart Reacts to Mueller Report Release". Office of Christ Stewart, Press Release.
  48. ^ "Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy, but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction". New York Times.
  49. ^ "Some Republicans want an apology over Mueller investigation". Roll Call.
  50. ^ "Utah Rep. Chris Stewart grills Robert Mueller on alleged leaks". Deseret News.
  51. ^ "Utah representative accuses Mueller of leaks". Fox 13 Salt Lake City.

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