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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
Cost per vote$4.18 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 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. He is running for re-election in 2014.

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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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

National security

Syria intervention
See also:United States involvement in Syria

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]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "Yes" Chaffetz 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" 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)

Voted "Yes" 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 divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Benghazi

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, calling for the papers to be released saying, "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."[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

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.[12] 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.[13] Chaffetz voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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 funds 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.[15] 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.[16]

Chaffetz planned to decline his salary during the shutdown.[17][18]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Chaffetz supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[19] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Chaffetz supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" 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.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[25]

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. [26]

Elections

2014

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

Chaffetz is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Utah's 3rd District. Chaffetz is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[27][28]

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.[31]

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.[32]

Jason Chaffetz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]July 22, 2013$117,793.29$89,247.90$(61,191.99)$145,849.20
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$145,849.20$165,998.16$(128,465.23)$183,382.13
October Quarterly[35]October 14, 2013$183,382.13$49,514.24$(57,325.96)$175,570.41
Year-End[36]January 29, 2014$175,570$85,169$(95,242)$165,497
April Quarterly[37]April 14, 2014$167,004.76$111,326.59$(92,914.86)$185,416.49
Running totals
$501,255.89$(435,140.04)

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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

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," as of May 9, 2013.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

Voting with party

2013

Chaffetz voted with the Republican Party 96.7% of the time, which ranked 84th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[44]

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.[45]

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.[46]

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.[47]

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.[48]

Personal

Chaffetz and his wife, Julie, have three children.[49]

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See also

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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Desert News, "Utah congressional delegation not sold on Syria strikes", accessed September 4, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Chaffetz'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. Politico, "Jason Chaffetz hits naming of Benghazi agent", accessed November 4, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. KUTV.com, "Some Congressional Leaders Are Prepared To Go Without," accessed October 3, 2013
  18. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  19. Vote Smart, "Chaffetz on agriculture", accessed October 14, 2013
  20. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Chaffetz's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 14, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Chaffetz on healthcare," accessed October 14, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Chaffetz on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013
  25. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  26. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  27. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  28. Utah Lieutenant Governor - Candidate filings
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jason Chaffetz," Accessed April 2, 2013
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  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Chaffetz Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 18, 2014
  38. Open Secrets "Chaffetz Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Jason Chaffetz 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  40. OpenCongress, "Chaffetz," Accessed August 6, 2013
  41. Gov Track "Jason Chaffetz," Accessed May 9, 2013
  42. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  45. GovTrack, "Chaffetz," Accessed April 11, 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "Jason Chaffetz," Accessed September 13, 2012
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Chaffetz (R-Utah), 2011"
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  49. Campaign website "About," Accessed November 2, 2011
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