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Chris Stewart (politician)

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Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byJim Matheson
Personal details
Christopher Douglas Stewart

(1960-07-15) July 15, 1960 (age 59)
Logan, Utah, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Evie Stewart
RelationsTed Stewart (brother)
EducationUtah State University (BA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1984–1998
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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. During his time in the Air Force, Stewart set three world speed records including the fastest nonstop flight around the world. After his service, Stewart began writing novels and became the President and CEO of the Shipley Group. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education

Stewart was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley, an agricultural valley of northern Utah and southeastern Idaho. 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 took a break and 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



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, he secured the Republican nomination.

Stewart won the race 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.[19] Stewart defeated Robles with 61% of the vote.


In the 2016 election, Stewart faced Charlene Albarran, a business owner and philantrophist.[20] Stewart defeated Albarran with 62% of the vote.


Stewart defeated Shireen Ghorbani with 56% of the vote. After her concession speech, Stewart called her "a great opponent."[21]

2020 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.[22]

Committee assignments

Source: [1]

Source: [2]

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Utah's 2nd congressional district: Results 2012–[28]
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

Political positions


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".[29]

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.[30][31]

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.[32][33]

Zika virus

In 2016, Stewart introduced a bill to allow unused Ebolavirus funding to research and combat the Zika virus.[34] 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.[35]

President Trump

According to, Stewart is considered to be one of President Trump's "most steadfast defenders in Congress."[22]

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).[36]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 10, 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Palmer, Douglas. "Mothers honored for the love and service they give families". Deseret News. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Biography".
  4. ^ "Awards". National Aeronautic Association. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Squadron Service 1985-2001". Targetlock. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "The Shipley Group". Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "New Utah congressman sells his consulting business". Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Stewart, Chris (1998). Shattered Bone. M. Evans & Company.
  9. ^ "Author Chris Stewart running for 2nd District seat". Deseret News. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  10. ^ "Glenn Beck catapults The Miracle of Freedom to bestseller". Shadow Mountain. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  11. ^ Chris Stewart at Goodreads
  12. ^ "Elizabeth Smart to finally publish her own version of her abduction". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 30, 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 November 11, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ Haddock, Sharon. "Patriotic author stresses sacrifice". Deseret News. Retrieved November 11, 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 September 2, 2013.
  18. ^ Montero, David. "Stewart launches bid with help of Bangerter, Hansen, Beck". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  19. ^ "2nd District: Stewart, Robles reject extremist labels". Unknown parameter |publihser= ignored (|publisher= suggested) (help)
  20. ^ "Albarran taking on Stewart in Utah's 2nd District". The Spectrum.
  21. ^ "Democratic challenger Shireen Ghorbani concedes in Utah's District 2 race to Rep. Chris Stewart".
  22. ^ a b "National Democrats think Rep. Chris Stewart could be vulnerable in 2020".
  23. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  24. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  25. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  26. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  27. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  28. ^ "Chris Stewart". Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  29. ^ "Stewart cautious on climate change". Salt Lake Tribune.
  30. ^ Marcos, Cristina (November 18, 2014). "House passes bill to reform EPA science panel". The Hill. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  31. ^ "A letter from the Union of Concerned Scientists to the House of Representatives" (PDF). Union of Concerned Scientists. November 17, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  32. ^ Glionna, John (August 4, 2014). "BLM, local law enforcement tensions near breaking point in the West". The Los Angeles Times.
  33. ^ "H.R. 4934 – Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act". June 23, 2014.
  34. ^ Thomas Burr, Utah's Chris Stewart seeks Ebola money to fight Zika virus, St. Louis Tribune (February 3, 2016).
  35. ^ Matt Canham, House passes Chris Stewart-led Zika bill, White House threatens veto, St. Louis Tribune (May 20, 2017).
  36. ^ "Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump: Chris Stewart". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved September 4, 2019.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Matheson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Raul Ruiz
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Eric Swalwell

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