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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 primaryJune 24, 2014
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, Utah) 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.

Stewart served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1998.[2]

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.[3][4][5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Stewart's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 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:[6]

Issues

Legislative actions

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.[7] For more information pertaining to Stewart's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Stewart voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations 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

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.[9]

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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

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.[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] 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.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Stewart voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

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.[17] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] Stewart voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Stewart has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

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.[27]

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."[28]

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. Stewart is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[29] He then won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

Chris Stewart (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]7/10/2013$38,432.46$36,519.50$(36,225.57)$38,726.39
July Quarterly[35]7/15/2013$38,726.39$63,300.00$(27,878.05)$74,148.34
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$74,148.34$59,050.00$(36,028.75)$97,169.59
Year-End[37]January 28, 2014$97,169$115,270$(42,339)$170,100
Running totals
$274,139.5$(142,471.37)

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.[38]

Cost per vote

Stewart spent $2.81 per vote received in 2012.

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.[39]

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.[40]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Stewart has voted with the Republican Party 97.8% of the time, which ranked 28th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[41]

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%, which is better than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[42]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

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]

Chris Stewart Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$415,501.50$71,000

Personal

Stewart and his wife, Evie Stewart, have six children.[5]

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References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress "Stewart," accessed June 26, 2013
  3. Roll Call, "Stewart Lends Writing Skills to Bring Elizabeth Smart's 'My Story' to Life," accessed October 9, 2013
  4. Chris Stewart campaign website "About Chris," accessed January 2, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 National Journal, "Chris Stewart Utah's 2nd District," November 7, 2012
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Stewart's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 14, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Vote Smart, "Stewart on agriculture," accessed October 14, 2013
  18. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Stewart's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 14, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Stewart's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 14, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Stewart on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013
  28. Chris Stewart for Congress, "Soultion," accessed September 12, 2012
  29. Deseret News "Author Chris Stewart running for 2nd District seat," accessed January 2, 2012
  30. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  31. Utah Lieutenant Governor - Candidate filings
  32. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Chris Stewart," accessed April 2, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Stewart 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  34. FEC "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  35. FEC "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  36. FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Stewart Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "Stewart 2012 Campaign Contributions," accessed February 26, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Chris Stewart," accessed August 6, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Chris Stewart," accessed June 26, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Stewart," accessed April 11, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets, "Stewart, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
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