Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart


Rep. Chris Stewart on MSNBC: "We Can't Adequately Vet Syrian Refugees"


Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Brian Williams on MSNBC to discuss why the U.S. can’t adequately vet Syrian refugees and how we can defeat ISIS. Watch here.

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Heroism Continues Today


SALT LAKE CITY — I have the great honor of serving on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, a responsibility that requires that I spend a lot of time in very troubled and chaotic parts of the world. During these travels, I see U.S. military personnel serving under some of the most hostile and difficult circumstances that you can imagine.
It is inspiring to see these soldiers serving so proudly and with such great courage and dignity. They and their families — for let's not forget that every one of them leave loved ones behind who must carry on without them — make this great sacrifice willingly. I often ask these amazing young men and women why they are willing to serve under such difficult circumstance. I've heard many good reasons, but one young lieutenant probably said it best: "Because I love my country," he said.
Every time I see these warriors and their selfless sacrifice, it makes me grateful. Grateful for their example. Grateful for our nation that embodies ideals that are worthy of such a sacrifice. Grateful for a nation that could produce such selfless young soldiers.
Ronald Reagan is one of my heroes. One of his greatest talents was the ability to sum up complicated ideas in such a way that we understood it down into the center of our souls. He once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
I was blessed that my parents taught me to love my country and to want to protect our freedoms. My father was a pilot in World War II. It was my honor to serve as a pilot in the Air Force for 14 years. Five of my brothers have served in the military as well. My parents had a family creed that has been passed down now through three generations: This family's creed is Duty, Honor, Service to God, Family and Country.
It's important to realize the fight that Ronald Reagan talked about continues today. As we watch events unfold around us, we are constantly reminded that we live in a dangerous world. Knowing these are difficult times, we cannot understate our gratitude for our service members who sacrifice every day to protect our freedoms and way of life.
Lt. Col. Jay Hess, from my hometown of Farmington, is a great example of someone who 'fought for, protected, and handed on" our freedom. Col. Hess spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war at the infamous Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam, one of the most despicable prisons the world has ever seen. Prisoners there endured incredibly miserable conditions, including starvation, torture, beatings, unsanitary conditions and months of solitary confinement. After 2 1/2 years, Col. Hess was finally able to read a letter written to him by his family. He commented that he smiled while reading the letter, but after a short while it hurt because those smile muscles were gone. He hadn't smiled for 2 1/2 years.
It was a joyous day when he was finally released and reunited with his family, 5 1/2 years after capture. Despite all of this hardship, Hess looked back on his life and experience and said, "How could I be so lucky? So fortunate? It's a good life."
Col. Hess is a true American hero.
But let's remember that such heroism continues today. In dark and dangerous places all around the globe, American soldiers are doing what they can to bring stability and safety to strategically important parts of the world. Today, we should remember them. Thank them. Keep them and their families in our prayers. What we have asked to them to do isn't easy. They deserve our gratitude and support.
Originally published on November 11, 2015 on
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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on the Rejection of the Keystone Pipeline Project


Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement that the administration has rejected the proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline. This project, which has been under review for seven years, would bring crude oil from Alberta, Canada to the gulf coast.

“It’s absurd that the White House has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline project,” Stewart said. “Numerous environmental studies have been conducted by the President’s own State Department, and all have concluded that this project is safe and will not have significant environmental impacts.“

“While I’m not surprised, it’s unfortunate that this President is establishing a pattern of playing politics with our energy development and economy.”

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Rep. Stewart Responds to the President's Natural Resources Memorandum


Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement in response to the President’s memorandum on “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment”. This memorandum calls on federal agencies to take additional steps to offset the environmental impacts of development, specifically expanding the 26 year old “no net loss” wetlands policy. It would have a significant impact on use of federal lands and potentially on the use of all natural resources.

“The President’s Executive Memorandum is a very big deal,” Stewart said. "It is destructive to State’s rights, the political process, and good policy and to call it a power grab is a gross understatement. If this is carried out, it would be devastating for economic activity in the western United States. Equally appalling, it will further erode the basic trust between American people and this president.” 

“We all want to protect the environment, but it doesn’t have to be at the cost of our western way of life.” 

“As a member of the Appropriations committee, I will use every tool at my disposal to ensure that this outrageous Presidential decree is never implemented.”

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Rep. Stewart Votes Against the Budget Deal


Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after voting against the budget deal, which increases the debt ceiling and government spending: 

 “I’ve always said that any increase of the debt ceiling must be coupled with significant spending and entitlement reforms that will balance our budget and allow us to begin paying down the debt. I could not vote for today’s budget deal because it does not include sufficient reforms or spending cuts. I can’t agree to immediate spending increases in exchange for the promise of future savings.”

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Federal Land Action Group Holds Forum Aimed at Exploring Public Land Management Best Practices


WASHINGTON— Chairman of the Federal Lands Action Group, Rep. Chris Stewart, and Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Rob Bishop, hosted the second forum in a series aimed at exploring best practices with regard to public land management and ownership.

The forum included witnesses representing western state and local governments. Witnesses presented testimony and answered questions from members of Congress in the action group.

In his opening remarks, Rep. Chris Stewart said, “We are focused on dispelling the myth that the federal government is the only possible steward of public lands and, more importantly, discussing innovative ideas for devolving control and management of public lands to state and local governments.”

Rep. Rob Bishop said, “States have both the expertise and the resources to oversee the lands within their borders. Washington does not know best. Those who try to dictate from afar are often stubborn and out-of-touch. Today’s forum has highlighted numerous methods states can employ to handle federal lands in ways best suited to meet the needs of the local people.”

Witnesses included:

David Hinkins, Utah State Senator – “In the decades-long tug-of-war over Utah’s federal lands, the only thing certain has been uncertainty. Many of the Utah lands we each represent are locked in a temporary land use designation that virtually prohibits access. Others are caught in an unpredictable and ambiguous federal land management policy. No one is happy with the precarious nature of the status quo, which makes planning for the future nearly impossible. We need more local input. A local process also provides the advantage of giving state land managers the chance to prove the efficacy of state land management practices.”

Gordon Cruickshank, Commissioner, Valley County, Idaho, discussed using Community Forest Trusts as a model to promote more sustainable management of our public lands. Cruickshank said, “The current regime of inaction in federal land management is not working. It is endangering the ecological health of our treasured landscapes and the economic health of our communities. Counties in my state have come together to develop a better way forward to meet the needs of our lands and our communities. I hope the Federal Lands Action Group will consider the Community Forest Trust model as it works to develop proposals to promote local control in public lands management.”

Pete Obermueller, Executive Director of WY State Commissioners Association, which represents all of the Wyoming County Commissioners, said “the facts show that often states and local governments are better managers of the resources we care so deeply about in the West. It is supremely frustrating to be charged by your constituents to manage the health and economic welfare of your county, but be stymied by federal agencies that do not always share those values.”

Mike Baughman, President of Intertech Services Corporation and Executive Director of Lincoln County Regional Development Authority – “The high percentage of federally administered land in Nevada necessarily results in the state having a paucity of state and private land, ranking last among all 50 states. Many important decisions regarding authorization of land uses and environmental management face institutional and temporal uncertainty as decision-making is subjected to myriad of federal statutes, regulations and policies and decision-making is often relegated from local to state offices then on to agency leadership in Washington, D.C.”

A video of today’s forum:

Pictures of the event can be found here.

For information about the first forum, click here.

For more information about the Federal Land Action Group, click here.


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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on the President’s Veto of the Defense Bill


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a former Air Force pilot and member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after President Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA is the legislation used to authorize all of the funding and activities of the United States Military.

“It’s unbelievable that President Obama has vetoed NDAA,” Stewart said. “This is the first time in 53 years that a president has vetoed the defense bill for a reason unrelated to policy. In fact, his veto isn’t even related to defense! He’s upset that Republicans aren’t increasing spending for his regulatory agencies, so he’s holding the defense bill hostage. That’s the definition of playing politics with our national security.”

“By vetoing this bill, the President is sacrificing our military readiness during a critical fight against ISIS and terrorist groups around the world. He's not paying our brave soldiers, and denying them of much needed retirement and healthcare reforms. For the sake of our national security, it is critical that we quickly override this veto and authorize the activities of our United States Military."

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Federal Land Action Group to Hold Forum on Monday, Oct. 26th


Washington, D.C. – The Federal Land Action Group, led by Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah), will hold their next forum on Monday, October 26, 2015 entitled “More Local Control of Public Lands: Efforts at the state and local level ”.

WHAT: Federal Land Action Group Forum: “More Local Control of Public Lands: Efforts at the state and local level ”.
WHEN: Monday, October 26, 2015, 4:30pm ET. 
WHERE: 1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Forum Witnesses:
  • Mike Baughman, President of Intertech Services Corporation and Executive Director of Lincoln County Regional Development Authority
  • Gordon Cruickshank, Valley County, Idaho County Commissioner
  • David Hinkins, Utah State Senator
  • Pete Obermueller, Executive Director of WY State Commissioners Association
Federal Land Action Group Members:
  • Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) - Chairman of the Federal Land Action Group
  • Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) - Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee
  • Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.)
  • Representative Diane Black (R-Tenn.)
  • Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
  • Representative Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.)
  • Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
  • Representative Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) 
About the Federal Land Action Group:
In April 2015, Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2) and Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-1) launched the Federal Land Action Group, a congressional team that will develop a legislative framework for transferring public lands to local ownership and control.
This Group, chaired by Rep. Stewart, will build on the work started by Utah and other states in recent years. “The federal government has been a lousy landlord for western states and we simply think the states can do it better,” Stewart said. “If we want healthier forests, better access to public lands, more consistent funding for public education and more reliable energy development, it makes sense to have local control.”
Rep. Bishop, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said, “This group will explore legal and historical background in order to determine the best congressional action needed to return these lands to the rightful owners. We have assembled a strong team of lawmakers, and I look forward to formulating a plan that reminds the federal government it should leave the job of land management to those who know best.”
The Federal Land Action Group will hold a series of forums with experts on public lands policy, with the goal of introducing transfer legislation.

For more information about past forums, click here.

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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on the Continuing Resolution


Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after voting against the Continuing Resolution:

“I voted against today’s continuing resolution because morally I cannot continue to allow federal tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood, an organization participating in such horrific activities. Funding for woman’s services is extremely important, which is why our tax dollars should be redirected to the other 13,500 women’s clinics around the country.” 

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m proud that our committee passed all 12 appropriations bills this year. We must move beyond continuing resolutions and restore the full appropriations process."


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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on the Resignation of Speaker Boehner


Washington, D.C. – Following the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement:

“The position as Speaker of the House is a very tough and thankless job. The speaker takes arrows for the House of Representatives every day. I am grateful for Speaker Boehner’s years of service to our country and wish him the best in his future endeavors. I am hopeful that our new Speaker will be able to unite the conference and further our conservative, fiscally responsible ideals.”


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Rep. Chris Stewart on MSNBC: We Can't Adequately Vet Syrian Refugees

2015-11-18 22:04:52

Federal Land Action Group Forum - October 26, 2015

2015-10-28 14:45:07

Rep. Stewart speaks on the SOAR Act

2015-10-21 21:26:11

Rep. Stewart Calls on President Obama to Sign NDAA

2015-10-21 21:04:55

Rep. Stewart Honors Courageous Salt Lake City Sisters and Police Officer

2015-10-02 18:52:10

Rep. Stewart Commemorates the 14th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

2015-09-11 13:45:40

Rep. Stewart on Why We Can't Trust Iran and this Nuclear Deal.

2015-09-11 13:13:21

Rep. Chris Stewart at the Federal Land Action Group Forum

2015-07-28 21:35:08

Rep. Stewart Commemorates Pioneer Day on the House Floor

2015-07-23 13:02:57

Rep. Stewart Discussing the Iran Nuclear Deal on C-Span's Washington Journal

2015-07-16 17:43:33

Rep. Stewart Discussing the Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act

2015-06-10 20:17:47

ABC 4 Discusses the Importance of the Judgment Fund Transparency Act

2015-04-10 15:12:09

Rep. Stewart on ABC 4 discussing Iran, the budget and the Judgment Fund Transparency Act

2015-04-09 20:07:41

Rep. Stewart Shares Family Recipe on 'Good Things Utah'

2015-04-07 17:25:49

Congressman Stewart's Weekly Wrap Up Video

2015-03-27 01:51:36

Rep. Stewart Discusses Iran Nuclear Talks on C-Span's Washington Journal

2015-03-19 18:05:29

Rep. Stewart on Fox News' America's Newsroom - 3.18.15

2015-03-18 15:22:45

Rep. Stewart Questions Secret Service Director Clancy

2015-03-17 16:43:04

Special Hour of Speeches Supporting Israel and Defending the World Against Iran

2015-03-04 22:13:37

Rep. Stewart Discusses DHS Funding Bill

2015-03-03 21:57:10

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Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah’s Second Congressional District. He is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner/CEO of a small business.

Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber.  He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.

Chris is a prolific author having written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers, and have been published in six different countries.

Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.

Chris now serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee.

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