Jason Chaffetz

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Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz.jpg
U.S. House, Utah, District 3
In office
January 3, 2009-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PredecessorChris Cannon (R)
Chief of staff, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.18 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,898,183
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
BirthdayMarch 26, 1967
Place of birthLos Gatos, California
Net worth$788,506.50
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
Office website
Campaign website
Jason Chaffetz campaign logo
Jason Chaffetz (b. March 26, 1967, in Los Gatos, CA) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Utah. Chaffetz represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2008. He is running for re-election in 2014. On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose Chaffetz as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Chaffetz is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Chaffetz earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Brigham Young University in 1989.[2][3] Previously, Chaffetz served as a staff member for former Utah Governor John Huntsman.[2][4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Chaffetz's professional and political career:[2][5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Chaffetz serves on the following committees:[6]


Chaffetz served on the following committees:[2]

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Chaffetz's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security


Yea3.png Chaffetz voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Chaffetz voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Chaffetz voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Chaffetz voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but it divided the Democratic Party.[9]


2014 Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Chaffetz voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Chaffetz voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Chaffetz voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Chaffetz voted against HR 2775.[21]

Chaffetz planned to decline his salary during the shutdown.[22][23]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Chaffetz supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[24] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[25]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Chaffetz supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[26] The vote largely followed party lines.[27]


Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Chaffetz supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[28]

Social issues


Yea3.png Chaffetz supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[29]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[30] Chaffetz joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[31][32]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png Chaffetz voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003, while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[33]


On The Issues Vote Match

Chaffetz's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Chaffetz is a Hard-Core Conservative. Chaffetz received a score of 24 percent on social issues and 81 percent on economic issues.[34]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[35]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[34]


Chaffetz expressed his anger over the release of the name of the British security agent in the Benghazi attack. He said, "I don’t know who did it, but to release a covert agent’s name to endanger his life should be an absolute outrage in this town.” Chaffetz also expressed anger with the Obama administration and said, "If they want to get to the truth, go ahead and release the documents for the interview that he had the day after the attack and the interview that he had at his home a few days after that. If you want to be open and transparent, release those documents, and I think you’ll find a different story."[36]

Syria intervention

See also:United States involvement in Syria

On September 3, 2013, Chaffetz said he did not support strikes on Syria. He said, "If there is a clear and present danger to the United States, then of course I want the president to act, and swiftly. But I don't see that in this case."[37]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jason Chaffetz endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [38]



See also: Utah's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Chaffetz is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Utah's 3rd District. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Convention results

On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose Chaffetz as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election. Chaffetz received 838 votes, or 87.17 percent, while Robert Stevens and Mark Hedengren each received 65 votes, or 6.42 percent.[1]


See also: Utah's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Chaffetz ran successfully for re-election in 2012. He defeated Lynn Wardle and Brian Jenkins in the Republican convention and won the general election on November 6, 2012.[39][40]

U.S. House, Utah District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Chaffetz Incumbent 76.6% 198,828
     Democratic Soren D. Simonsen 23.4% 60,719
Total Votes 259,547
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Chaffetz attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor information for Chaffetz is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Chaffetz raised a total of $1,898,183 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[43]

Jason Chaffetz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Utah, District 3) Won $807,594
2010 US House (Utah, District 3) Won $647,194
2008 US House (Utah, District 3) Won $443,395
Grand Total Raised $1,898,183

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Chaffetz's reports.[44]

Jason Chaffetz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]July 22, 2013$117,793.29$89,247.90$(61,191.99)$145,849.20
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2013$145,849.20$165,998.16$(128,465.23)$183,382.13
October Quarterly[47]October 14, 2013$183,382.13$49,514.24$(57,325.96)$175,570.41
Year-End[48]January 29, 2014$175,570$85,169$(95,242)$165,497
April Quarterly[49]April 14, 2014$167,004.76$111,326.59$(92,914.86)$185,416.49
Running totals


Chaffetz won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Chaffetz's campaign committee raised a total of $807,595 and spent $830,115.[50]

Cost per vote

Chaffetz spent $4.18 per vote received in 2012.


Chaffetz won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Chaffetz's campaign committee raised a total of $647,194 and spent $540,646.[51]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Chaffetz's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $140,016 to $1,436,997. That averages to $788,506.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Chaffetz ranked as the 230th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52] Between 2007 and 2012, Chaffetz's calculated net worth[53] decreased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[54]

Jason Chaffetz Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-13%
Average annual growth:-3%[55]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[56]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[57]

Chaffetz most often votes with:

Chaffetz least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Chaffetz is a "far-right Republican leader," as of September 2014.[58] This was the same rating Chaffetz received in May 2013.[59]

Lifetime missed votes

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Chaffetz missed 145 of 4,381 roll call votes from January 2009 to August 2014. This amounts to 3.3 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[60]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives


The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Chaffetz paid his congressional staff a total of $927,690 in 2011. Overall, Utah ranked 17th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[61]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Chaffetz was ranked 99th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[62]


Chaffetz was one of three members who ranked 94th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[63]


Chaffetz was one of two members of congress who ranked 189th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[64]

Voting with party


Chaffetz voted with the Republican Party 93.4 percent of the time, which ranked 151st among the 233 House Republican members as of September 2014.[65]


Chaffetz voted with the Republican Party 96.7 percent of the time, which ranked 84th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[66]


Chaffetz and his wife, Julie, have three children.[67]

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  35. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  54. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  55. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  56. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Cannon
U.S. House of Representatives - Utah, District 3
Succeeded by