Chris Stewart (Utah)

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Chris Stewart
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U.S. House, Utah, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Matheson (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.81 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$473,093
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSky View High School
Bachelor'sUtah State University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Years of service1984-1998
Personal
BirthdayJuly 15, 1960
Place of birthLogan, Utah
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth$415,501.50
ReligionMormon
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Stewart campaign logo
Chris Stewart (b. July 15, 1960, in Logan, UT) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Utah. Stewart represents Utah's 2nd Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2012.[1] He is running for re-election in 2014. On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose incumbent Chris Stewart as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election.[2]

Stewart served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1998.[3]

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

Biography

Stewart's parents raised him and his nine brothers and sisters on a dairy farm in Idaho. He took a hiatus from college at Utah State University to work as a Morman missionary in Texas before graduating in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in economics. After serving as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force for fourteen years, Stewart went on to become a small-business owner and author of several books. He recently co-authored Elizabeth Smart's memoir, My Story, which was published in October 2013.[4][5][6]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Stewart's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1984-1998:U.S. Air Force
  • 2000-Present:Owner of Shipley Group
  • 2012-Present:Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Utah District 2

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Stewart serves on the following committees:[7]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Stewart's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Stewart 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Stewart 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Stewart 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Stewart 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

2014 Farm bill

Voted "Yes" 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.[12] 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.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Stewart voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" 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.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] 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. Stewart voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Stewart voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[18] The bill passed included farm policy, but it did not include food stamps.[19]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[20] 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.[21] Stewart voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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.[23] 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. Stewart voted against HR 2775.[24]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Stewart voted for 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.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Stewart has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Stewart 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.[28]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Stewart'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, Stewart is a Libertarian Conservative. Stewart received a score of 40 percent on social issues and 79 percent on economic issues.[29]

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[30]
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 Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown 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 Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[29]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Stewart's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Medicare: ."..implementing free market reforms, the cost of Medicare can be contained while Americans are assured they will have access to quality medical coverage when they enter retirement age."
  • Tax code: "The current tax code is unjustifiably complex and unfair. It is designed to benefit those who have the money to pay lawyers and accountants and to disadvantage those who are trying to play by the rules."
  • Immigration: "Because of this failure, illegal immigration has become a national security threat."[31]

Elections

2014

See also: Utah's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Stewart is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Utah's 2nd District. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Convention results

On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose Stewart as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election. Stewart received 602 votes, or 67.79 percent, while Larry Meyers received 191 votes, or 25.51 percent, Vaughn Hatton received 53 votes, or 5.9 percent and Zachary Hartman received 42 votes, or 4.73 percent.[2]

2012

See also: Utah's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Stewart ran successfully in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Utah's 2nd District. Stewart defeated Jason Buck, Dave Clark, Cherilyn Eagar, Howard Wallack, Chuck Williams, John Willoughby, Milton Hanks, Edward Mayerhofer, Jeramey McElhaney and Bob Fuehr in the Republican convention.[32] He then won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33][34]

U.S. House, Utah District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Stewart 62.2% 154,523
     Democratic Jay Seegmiller 33.5% 83,176
     Constitution Jonathan D. Garrard 2% 5,051
     Independent Joseph Andrade 1.2% 2,971
     Independent Charles E. Kimball 1.1% 2,824
Total Votes 248,545
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stewart is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Stewart raised a total of $473,093 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[35]

Chris Stewart (Utah)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Utah, District 2) Won $473,093
Grand Total Raised $473,093

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Stewart's reports.[36]

Chris Stewart (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 10, 2013$38,432.46$36,519.50$(36,225.57)$38,726.39
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$38,726.39$63,300.00$(27,878.05)$74,148.34
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$74,148.34$59,050.00$(36,028.75)$97,169.59
Year-End[40]January 28, 2014$97,169$115,270$(42,339)$170,100
Pre-Convention[41]April 11, 2014$170,100.66$143,690.00$(108,351.26)$205,439.40
Running totals
$417,829.5$(250,822.63)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Stewart's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Stewart won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Stewart's campaign committee raised a total of $473,093 and spent $434,660.[42]

Cost per vote

Stewart spent $2.81 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

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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
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Stewart's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $266,003 to $565,000. That averages to $415,501.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Stewart ranked as the 290th most wealthy representative in 2012.[43] Between 2011 and 2012, Stewart‘s calculated net worth[44] decreased by an average of 49 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]


Chris Stewart Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$810,433
2012$415,501
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-49%
Average annual growth:-49%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
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.

Analysis

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.[48]

Stewart most often votes with:

Stewart least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Stewart is a "centrist Republican follower," as of June 26, 2013.[49]

Voting with party

2013

Stewart voted with the Republican Party 97.8 percent of the time, which ranked 28th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[50]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Stewart missed 1 of 96 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.1 percent among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[51]

Personal

Stewart and his wife, Evie Stewart, have six children.[6]

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References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 St. George News, "Utah GOP Convention chooses returning candidates, runoffs; STGnews photo gallery," accessed April 30, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress, "Stewart," accessed June 26, 2013
  4. Roll Call, "Stewart Lends Writing Skills to Bring Elizabeth Smart's 'My Story' to Life," accessed October 9, 2013
  5. Chris Stewart campaign website, "About Chris," accessed January 2, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 National Journal, "Chris Stewart Utah's 2nd District," November 7, 2012
  7. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Stewart's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 14, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Vote Smart, "Stewart on agriculture," accessed October 14, 2013
  19. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Stewart's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 14, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Stewart's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 14, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "Stewart on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013
  29. 29.0 29.1 On The Issues, "Stewart Vote Match," accessed June 27, 2014
  30. 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.
  31. Chris Stewart for Congress, "Solution," accessed September 12, 2012
  32. Deseret News, "Author Chris Stewart running for 2nd District seat," accessed January 2, 2012
  33. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  34. Utah Lieutenant Governor - Candidate filings
  35. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Chris Stewart," accessed April 2, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Stewart 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Convention," accessed May 8, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Stewart 2012 Campaign Contributions," accessed February 26, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets, "Stewart, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  44. 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).
  45. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. 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.
  48. OpenCongress, "Chris Stewart," accessed August 6, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Chris Stewart," accessed June 26, 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  51. GovTrack, "Stewart," accessed April 11, 2013
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Jim Matheson (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Utah, District 2
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