Current Position: US Representative for UT-02 since 2013
Rep. Chris Stewart’s full questioning of Vindman and Williams | Trump’s first impeachment
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Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah’s Second Congressional District. He is a multiple New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner and CEO of a small business.
Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.
Chris has also written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers and have been published in six different countries.
Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.
- Financial Services and General Government
- Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation
- Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research
Anti-Socialism Caucus, Chairman
Border Security Caucus
Federal Land Action Group
Congressional Kurdish-American Caucus
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166 Cannon House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
Bountiful City District Office
585 West 500 South #230
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Christopher Douglas Stewart (born July 15, 1960) is an American politician, author and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Utah’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, he is 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, he began writing novels and became president and CEO of the Shipley Group. He is a defender of former President Donald Trump. In 2020, Stewart won a fifth term in the House of Representatives, defeating Democratic nominee Kael Weston.
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.
Stewart graduated from Sky View High School in 1978 and entered Utah State University that year. After a year in college, he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas. After his church service, Stewart reentered Utah State, and in 1984 earned a degree in economics from its College of Business.
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 at the top of his class in both instances. Stewart flew both helicopters and jet aircraft in the military.
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 nonstop flight around the world. He was the mission’s senior project officer. The mission’s purpose was to demonstrate the B-1 Lancer‘s capability with live bombing activity over three bombing ranges on three continents in two hemispheres. In the process, the team set three world records, flying 36,797.65 kilometers in 36 hours and 13 minutes. The mission was recounted in the book Supersonic Saints: Thrilling Stories from LDS Pilots.
Private sector career
After his military career, Stewart entered the private sector. He was president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a consulting company that specializes in energy and environmental issues. Shipley also participates in government anti-terrorism training, corporate security and executive preparedness consulting. Stewart sold his majority ownership in Shipley Group in December 2012 before being sworn in as a U.S. congressman.
Stewart began writing books in the late 1990s. His first novel, Shattered Bone, was published in 1998. 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, who has been credited for making the book a bestseller. Stewart has written 14 books.[unreliable source] He worked with Elizabeth Smart to co-write her memoir, My Story. In 2005, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed A Christmas Bell for Anya, which he co-authored with his wife Evie.
U.S. House of Representatives
In February 2012, Stewart released a campaign video expressing his view that “if we don’t make some difficult decisions now, if we don’t show the courage to do what we have to do to save our country, we won’t make it for another 10 years.” He also said that “at critical times in our history… we literally had miracles where God intervened to save us.”
On April 21, 2012, at a controversial nominating convention, Stewart secured the Republican nomination. Before 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. A subsequent party inquiry showed no proof of wrongdoing by any candidate.
Stewart won the general election with 62% of the vote, defeating Jay Seegmiller, and took office on January 3, 2013.
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.
In the 2016 election, Stewart faced Charlene Albarran, a business owner. Stewart defeated Albarran with 62% of the vote.
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. Stewart defeated Ghorbani with 56% of the vote.
UtahPolicy.com reported the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee considered Stewart potentially vulnerable to a strong opponent, due to Donald Trump‘s unpopularity in the 2nd District and Stewart’s record of defending him.
A poll taken in January 2020 among likely voters showed Stewart with 38% of the vote and a Democratic challenger with 36% of the vote. The remainder were undecided or voting for someone else.
Stewart chaired the House Subcommittee on the Environment.
In 2016, Stewart introduced a bill to allow unused Ebolavirus funding to research and combat the Zika virus. In 2017, the proposal was adopted as part of a separate bill, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, which shifted $622 million in unused Ebola funding to fight Zika.
A July 2019 poll showed Stewart with the lowest approval rating of any Utah congressperson.
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- Committee on Appropriations
- Republican Study Committee
- Anti-Socialism Caucus (chair)
- Congressional Western Caucus
- United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
|Year||Republican||Votes||Pct||Democrat||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2012||Chris Stewart||154,523||62||Jay Seegmiller||83,176||33||Jonathan D. Garrard||Constitution||5,051||2||Joseph Andrade||Independent||2,971||1||Charles Kimball||Independent||2,824||1|
|2014||Chris Stewart||88,915||61||Luz Robles||47,585||33||Shaun McCausland||Constitution||4,509||3||Wayne Hill||Independent American||3,328||2||Bill Barron||Independent||1,734||1|
|2016||Chris Stewart||170,524||62||Charlene Albarran||93,778||34||Paul McCollaum Jr.||Constitution||12,517||5|
|2018||Chris Stewart||151,489||56||Shireen Ghorbani||105,051||39||Jeffrey Whipple||Libertarian||13,504||5|
According to his website, since arriving in Congress, Stewart has “consistently supported efforts to defund and repeal Obamacare.” He co-sponsored the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 and supported other efforts 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 place of Obamacare, Stewart supported the American Healthcare Reform Act.
As of 2013, Stewart rejected the idea that climate change is caused by human activity.
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 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, 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 interest and restrict scientists’ ability to provide proper advice to the government.
During the 2012 campaign, Stewart stated “we can’t continue to have 1.2-, 1.3-, 1.4-trillion-dollar deficits for the foreseeable future and just pretend that that’s not going to matter, because it will.”
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 federal agents carried, he also sponsored a bill (H.R. 4934) to demilitarize federal regulatory agencies.
Stewart is considered “one of President Trump’s most steadfast defenders in Congress.” For instance, after Trump said 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.” 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 regard to a U.S. election.
According to political polling and reporting website FiveThirtyEight, Stewart’s votes aligned with Trump’s positions about 95% of the time. Stewart was reportedly under consideration to serve in the Trump administration as acting Director of National Intelligence, but Richard Grenell was chosen instead.
During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Stewart was critical of Trump. Addressing an audience at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Stewart compared him to fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, saying, “if some of you are Donald Trump supporters, we see the world differently, because I can’t imagine what someone is thinking.”
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.
After the report’s release, Stewart accused the “former leadership” of the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the CIA of “astounding” corruption, without providing any 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 Mueller investigation.
Stewart was the only member of Congress from Utah to question Mueller during his appearance before Congress on July 24, 2019. He confronted Mueller about leaks that he asserted came from Mueller’s office and were allegedly “designed to weaken or embarrass” Trump. Others, including Washington, D.C.-area media reporters, considered Mueller’s office an unlikely source of the leaks.
Ukraine scandal and impeachment inquiry
Stewart defended Trump’s actions with regard to the Trump–Ukraine scandal. In his opening statement during impeachment proceedings as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Stewart apparently characterized the impeachment inquiry as a coup d’état when he said, “the coup has started”, but later declined to clarify his remark.
During the impeachment hearings, Stewart repeatedly defended Trump’s behavior, criticized witnesses whose testimony implicated Trump in wrongdoing, and criticized the impeachment process. He called for Adam Schiff, the chair of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, to recuse himself from the investigation of Trump’s dealings.
When Trump called for Senator Mitt Romney‘s “impeachment” and Stewart was asked to comment, he declined to defend Romney. Romney had expressed support for the committee’s inquiry. (Senators cannot be impeached.)
On December 18, 2019, Stewart voted against both articles of impeachment against Trump. Of the 195 Republican representatives who voted, all voted against both impeachment articles.
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- “The Shipley Group”. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- “New Utah congressman sells his consulting business”. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- Stewart, Chris (1998). Shattered Bone. M. Evans & Company. ISBN 9780871318312.
- “Author Chris Stewart running for 2nd District seat”. Deseret News. November 9, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- “Glenn Beck catapults The Miracle of Freedom to bestseller”. Shadow Mountain. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Chris Stewart at Goodreads
- “Elizabeth Smart to finally publish her own version of her abduction”. New York Daily News. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- Stewart, Chris (2006). “A Christmas Bell for Anya”. Shadow Mountain. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Haddock, Sharon (June 29, 2006). “Patriotic author stresses sacrifice”. Deseret News. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- “Add Another Republican Name to the 2nd District Race”. Utah Policy.
- Gehrke, Robert. “Two new candidates join GOP field for 2nd District”. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- Montero, David. “Stewart launches bid with help of Bangerter, Hansen, Beck”. Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- “Utah Set to Send Glenn Beck-Approved End Times Novelist to Congress”. Mother Jones.
- “Holy Ghost employed to ensure victory”. Salt Lake Tribune.
- “2nd District: Stewart, Robles reject extremist labels”. Salt Lake Tribune.
- “Albarran taking on Stewart in Utah’s 2nd District”. The Spectrum.
- “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.
- O’Donoghue, Amy Joi (November 6, 2018). “Democratic challenger Shireen Ghorbani concedes in Utah’s District 2 race to Rep. Chris Stewart”. Deseret News.
- “National Democrats think Rep. Chris Stewart could be vulnerable in 2020”. UtahPolicy.com.
- “Poll suggests Reps. Chris Stewart and Ben McAdams could have tough re-election campaigns in November”. UtahPolicy.com.
- “Republicans will have a four-way primary for governor in June as Greg Hughes joins Cox, Huntsman and Wright on the ballot”. UtahPolicy.com.
- “Stewart cautious on climate change”. Salt Lake Tribune.
- Thomas Burr,
Utah’s Chris Stewart seeks Ebola money to fight Zika virus, St. Louis Tribune (February 3, 2016).
- Matt Canham, House passes Chris Stewart-led Zika bill, White House threatens veto, St. Louis Tribune (May 20, 2017).
- “McAdams has the highest approval rating of Utah’s members of Congress, while Romney gets the highest disapproval”. UtahPolicy.com.
- “House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization”.
- “Member List”. Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- Stewart.house.gov. “Committees and Caucuses”. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
- “Members”. Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
- “Our Members”. U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
- “Members”. U.S. – Japan Caucus. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
- “Chris Stewart”. ballotpedia.org. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
- “I’m Working to Defund and Delay Obamacare”. stewart.house.gov. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
- Marcos, Cristina (November 18, 2014). “House passes bill to reform EPA science panel”. The Hill. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
- “A letter from the Union of Concerned Scientists to the House of Representatives” (PDF). Union of Concerned Scientists. November 17, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
- “National Scorecard, Chris Stewart”. League of Conservation Voters. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
- “Issues:Tax Reform”. stewart.house.gov. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
- “Tax Reform Conference Report Passes House”. Press Release, stewart.house.gov.
- Glionna, John (August 4, 2014). “BLM, local law enforcement tensions near breaking point in the West”. The Los Angeles Times.
- “H.R. 4934 – Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act”. June 23, 2014.
- “Utah Rep. Chris Stewart says it would be ‘foolish’ for a candidate not to look at foreign intel against an opponent”. Salt Lake Tribune.
- “One public servant follows her oath, while another violates it”. Washington Post.
- “Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump: Chris Stewart”. FiveThirtyEight. January 30, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
- “Advisers pushing Trump to nominate Stewart for top intelligence post”. UtahPolicy.com.
- “Ambassador Richard Grenell to be named director of national intelligence”. Fox News.
- “Utah’s Rep. Chris Stewart calls Trump ‘our Mussolini‘“. KUTV.
- “Stewart Reacts to Mueller Report Release”. Office of Christ Stewart, Press Release. April 18, 2019.
- “Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy, but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction”. New York Times.
- “Some Republicans want an apology over Mueller investigation”. Roll Call.
- “Utah Rep. Chris Stewart grills Robert Mueller on alleged leaks”. Deseret News.
- “Utah representative accuses Mueller of leaks”. Fox 13 Salt Lake City.
- “Utah Rep. Chris Stewart says ‘the coup has started’ during opening day of public impeachment hearings”. Salt Lake Tribune.
- For example, see Rep. Chris Stewart predicts impeachment hearings will turn Americans to support Trump, Salt Lake Tribune, Thomas Burr, November 15, 2019. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
- “Rep. Chris Stewart on calls for full House vote on impeachment, Adam Schiff’s recusal”. Fox News.
- Burr, Thomas (October 6, 2019). “Utah Rep. Chris Stewart defends Trump but not Sen. Mitt Romney”. Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
- Congressman Chris Stewart
- Chris Stewart for Congress
- Chris Stewart at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
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Defense and National Security
I believe that the fundamental responsibility of the federal government is to provide for our mutual defense. Recent world events in the Middle-east and North Africa illustrate that we still live in a dangerous world. Hostilities are growing in many corners of the world. History assures us that another security crisis will come. When it does, it is absolutely essential that we be prepared. We must keep our military strong. We must provide our troops with the tools that they need to succeed.President Obama has neglected the military during his administration. As recent events in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria have shown, the world is not ready for a smaller U.S. military. Now we have seen what happens when the U.S. refuses to honor its obligation as the world’s only superpower, a nation that has stood for something rare and exceptional for generations.
As an Air Force veteran and your Congressman, I am dedicated to ensuring your security and well-being. I can guarantee that no stone will remain unturned as I work to protect American families. Additionally, I am fully aware of the need for government scrutiny and have committed myself to pursuing responsible military spending. By closing overseas bases and streamlining operations, the military can sustain some reductions in spending without hurting national security. I am fully dedicated to safeguarding American safety both home and abroad.
Economy and Jobs
As a former small business owner, my employees were like my own family. I know many Utahns that are suffering through what has become the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression.
I’ve learned that if you want to restore hope for the American worker, give them a job. Foster an environment where jobs are being created and the economy is growing. It’s American small businesses that are moving our economy forward. I will continue to work to create an environment that favors job creation, small businesses and a strong economy.
Education is a vital part of our economy, and good education programs will ensure success both now and in the future. As a father of six children, I am deeply interested in the quality of education that our children receive in the State of Utah. I strongly believe that education decisions are best decided at state and local levels. Local and state leaders—those who have direct interaction with parents and teachers in their communities—are best positioned to determine policies that affect Utah’s students, not Washington bureaucrats. I support legislation that keeps education choices in the hands of parents, along with local and state leaders.
Energy independence is vital to national security. In order to become less dependent on foreign energy, we must be able to pursue responsible development within our own borders. Maintaining a diverse energy portfolio will protect our current and future interests, while creating jobs at home.I support the responsible development of oil, natural gas, clean coal, and a variety economically viable renewable energy options. We are fortunate to live in a district full of scenic and natural resources. Multiple use land policies enable their responsible use, while protecting their integrity. I am committed to protecting environmental integrity while also supporting energy development to bring in needed revenue, jobs, and overall security.
The Financial Services industry is vital to our economy. In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This lengthy document, however well-intentioned, was poorly-designed. The Financial Services Committee of the House of Representatives reported that of the 400 rules required to be established under the Act, only 224 have been written. These 224 rules and regulations already consume 7,365 pages and will require private sector job-creators to spend 24,180,856 hours to comply with the rules.The Dodd-Frank Act is hindering financial institutions and small businesses. Instead of focusing their efforts on creating jobs and growing our economy, small businesses and financial institutions are spending increasing amounts of time and money to comply with the rules. Rather than hindering these institutions and businesses, we must seek to help them succeed and, in turn, spur the economy.
Our health care and insurance systems need reform. In 2010, Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare. The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the penalty assessed to individuals who fail to purchase insurance is a tax. As a former small business owner in Davis County, I see and understand the stresses that this tax penalty is forcing upon business owners throughout our district. Not only are jobs being killed by the implementation of Obamacare but it is crushing economic activity. The purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to drive insurance premiums down. But instead we see the exact opposite – some premiums rising as much as 400 percent. This makes ObamaCare the largest tax increase on the American people. As your Congressman, I will work to defund, repeal and replace Obamacare.