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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
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 birthIdaho
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth$786,002
ReligionMormon
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Stewart 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]

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 and his wife, Evie, have six children.[3][4]

Career

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

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Stewart serves on the following committees:[5]

Issues

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."[6]

Elections

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.[7] He then won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

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.[10]

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

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.[11]

Analysis

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.[12]

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, Chris 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.[13]

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.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Stewart's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $502,004 and $1,070,000. That averages to $786,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[15]

Personal

Stewart and his wife, Evie Stewart, have six children.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Matheson (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Utah, District 2
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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