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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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
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Chaffetz said he did not support strikes on Syria, even though he believed that Syria's chemical weapon attack was tragic.  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."<ref>[http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865585739/Utah-congressional-delegation-not-sold-on-Syria-strikes.html ''Desert News'', "Utah congressional delegation not sold on Syria strikes", accessed September 4, 2013]</ref>
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On September 3, 2013, Chaffetz said he did not support strikes on Syria, even though he believed that Syria's chemical weapon attack was tragic.  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."<ref>[http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865585739/Utah-congressional-delegation-not-sold-on-Syria-strikes.html ''Desert News'', "Utah congressional delegation not sold on Syria strikes", accessed September 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==

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Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz.jpg
U.S. House, Utah, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorChris Cannon (R)
Leadership
Chief of staff, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman
2004
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2014
Campaign $$1,898,183
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 26, 1967
Place of birthLos Gatos, California
ProfessionBusinessman
Net worth$905,007
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jason Chaffetz (b. March 26, 1967, in Los Gatos, California) 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 won re-election in 2012.

Previously, Chaffetz served as a staff member for Utah Governor John Huntsman.[1][2]

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.

Biography

Chaffetz earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Brigham Young University in 1989.[1][3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Chaffetz's academic, professional and political career:[1][4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Chaffetz serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-12

Chaffetz was a member of the following committees:[1]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Jason Chaffetz endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Syria intervention

On September 3, 2013, Chaffetz said he did not support strikes on Syria, even though he believed that Syria's chemical weapon attack was tragic. 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."[8]

Elections

2012

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.[9][10]

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

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.[13]

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

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 Chaffetz's reports.[14]

Jason Chaffetz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]7/22/2013$117,793.29$89,247.90$(61,191.99)$145,849.20
July Quarterly[16]7/15/2013$145,849.20$165,998.16$(128,465.23)$183,382.13
Running totals
$255,246.06$(189,657.22)

2012

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

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.[17]

Cost per vote

Chaffetz spent $4.18 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Chaffetz's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[18]

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.[19]

Chaffetz most often votes with:

Chaffetz least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

2013

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Chaffetz is a "far-right Republican leader".[20]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Chaffetz is 1 of 3 members who ranked 94th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Chaffetz was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 189th in the conservative rankings.[22]

Voting with party

2013

Jason Chaffetz voted with the Republican Party 96.7% of the time, which ranked 84th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[23]

Lifetime missed votes

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

According to the website GovTrack, Chaffetz missed 71 of 3,357 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is better than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[24]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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 ranks 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.[25]

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, Chaffetz's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $552,014 and $1,258,000. That averages to $905,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 76.41% from 2010.[26]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Chaffetz's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $39,014 to $986,999. That averages to $513,006.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[27]

Recent news

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Personal

Chaffetz and his wife, Julie, have three children.[28]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 2, 2011
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CHAFFETZ, Jason, (1967 - )"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CHAFFETZ, Jason, (1967 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CHAFFETZ, Jason, (1967 - )"
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Desert News, "Utah congressional delegation not sold on Syria strikes", accessed September 4, 2013
  9. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  10. Utah Lieutenant Governor - Candidate filings
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jason Chaffetz," Accessed April 2, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "Chaffetz 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  15. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  16. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Chaffetz Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Jason Chaffetz 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  19. OpenCongress, "Chaffetz," Accessed August 6, 2013
  20. Gov Track "Jason Chaffetz," Accessed May 9, 2013
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  24. GovTrack, "Chaffetz," Accessed April 11, 2013
  25. LegiStorm, "Jason Chaffetz," Accessed September 13, 2012
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Chaffetz (R-Utah), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  28. Campaign website "About," Accessed November 2, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Cannon
U.S. House of Representatives - Utah, District 3
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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