Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

Rep. Stewart’s Statement on the Passing of Senator Bennett

2016/05/05

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement on the passing of Senator Bob Bennett:

“Senator Bennett has been a close family friend for many years and there are few people for which I have more respect.  I spent some time with him recently and was reminded once again that he is one of the smartest men I know. After winning my election in 2012, he was one of the first to bring me under his wing to offer advice and support. We will all miss his wisdom, wit and work ethic. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bennett family during this extremely difficult time.”

 

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Utah Elected Officials Request Meeting with President Obama

2016/04/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Utah lawmakers hand-delivered a letter to the White House requesting a meeting with President Obama on potential use of the Antiquities Act to create a national monument in Utah. Before delivering the letter, members of the Utah delegation met with White House officials to discuss public land issues.

Letter signatures include Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT), Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT), Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-01), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Chris Stewart (UT-02), and Mia Love (UT-04), and San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally. 

Excerpts from the letter:

“To further communicate our strong opposition against the unilateral creation of a national monument in the State of Utah, we respectfully request the opportunity to personally meet with you to discuss our basis for opposition.” 

“In a February meeting with the National Governors Association, you stated that open lines of communication are needed when discussing national monument designations. To that end, we believe a meeting involving you, Governor Gary Herbert, the Congressional delegation, and Utah’s only elected Navajo official is critical to successful communication and planning.”

Full letter text is here, or below.

Background:

President Obama is being pressed by environmental groups to use the Antiquities Act to designate 1.9 million acres of Bears Ears in southern Utah as a national monument. Earlier this year a draft of the Public Lands Initiative (PLI) was announced as a balanced approach to land conservation. Many stakeholders, including conservation groups, continue to support PLI as the preferred alternative to a national monument.

April 29, 2016

Dear Mr. President,

It is widely known that you are considering use of the Antiquities Act to declare a national monument in the State of Utah. We have previously written to you expressing our opposition to this action. While we appreciate the Secretary of the Interior’s response to our letter, we believe it was an inadequate response, as the Department of the Interior does not possess the authority to declare a national monument.

To further communicate our strong opposition against the unilateral creation of a national monument in the State of Utah, we respectfully request the opportunity to personally meet with you to discuss our basis for opposition.

A meeting of this nature is supported by your recent public statements. In a February meeting with the National Governors Association, you stated that open lines of communication are needed when discussing national monument designations. To that end, we believe a meeting involving you, Governor Gary Herbert, the Congressional delegation, and Utah’s only elected Navajo official is critical to successful communication and planning.

Finally, we hope a recent meeting we had with your staff will result in a productive dialogue regarding the Public Lands Initiative (PLI). The PLI is a balanced legislative approach to land management in eastern Utah.  If passed, the PLI will establish greater land-use certainty and conserve more than four million acres of federal land.  Many groups, including conservation groups, are still at the table providing feedback and comments on the draft PLI.  The same draft was given to your staff on January 14, 2016 but thus far feedback has not been provided.

Thank you for your consideration. Collaborative planning is essential in the land management arena, and we look forward to meeting with you.

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Rep. Stewart Introduces Bill Supporting U.S. Small Businesses, Promoting Global Market Competition

2016/04/29

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced the Suppressor Export Act, H.R. 5135, giving U.S. suppressor manufacturers access to a global market, and giving consumers around the world access to high-quality American products.

Suppressors, also known as silencers, are used by hunters and gun owners for hearing protection. American manufactures make the highest quality product, but an internal policy at the U.S. State Department prohibits them from competing commercially with foreign manufactures in countries where it is legal to own and operate suppressors. 

“The United States should be cautious when exporting weapons and accessories, but there is no reason for a blanket ban on the export of suppressors, which are used for hearing protection,” Stewart said. “There is a global demand for quality American-made suppressors, and American businesses should be able compete in certain markets around the world.”

The Suppressor Export Act would require the U.S. State Department to allow for the commercial export of suppressors made in the United States to foreign markets where suppressors are legal to own and operate.

“This is a common-sense bill that will level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers, allowing them to compete in the global market,” Stewart said.

Specifically this bill would allow the American export of suppressors if:

  • The suppressors were lawfully manufactured in the U.S.
  • The country receiving the export allows for the legal operation and ownership of suppressors
  • This bill would not allow American companies to export suppressors to dangerous countries, as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations, part 126, of title 22

The National Rifle Association and the American Suppressor Association have both endorsed the Suppressor Export Act.

A PDF copy of the bill can be found here.

Original Co-sponsors of the bill include:

Reps. Ralph Abraham (R- La.), Brian Babin (R-Texas), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Ken Buck (R-Colo.), John Carter (R-Texas), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Chris Collins (R- N.Y.), Paul Cook (R- Calif.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Tim Huelskamp (R- Kan.), Steve King (R- Iowa), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.)

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Congressman Stewart to Give Congressional Awards to Twin Utah High School Students

2016/04/28

SALT LAKE CITY— On Tuesday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), will present the Congressional Bronze Medal Award to Marinda and Katrina Davis, high school students from Stansbury, UT.
 
These twin sisters will be honored with the Congressional Bronze Medal Award for their achievements in public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration. Marinda and Katrina are both students of Stansbury High School.
 
This event is open to the media but not the general public.
 
WHO:
Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah)
Marinda Davis of Stansbury, UT, Congressional Award Bronze Medal Recipient
Katrina Davis of Stansbury, UT, Congressional Award Bronze Medal Recipient
 
WHAT: 
Presentation of Congressional Bronze Medal Award
 
WHEN: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 2:30pm MT
 
WHERE: 
Office of Congressman Stewart
420 E. South Temple St. Suite # 390
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

About the Congressional Awardees:

Marinda and Katrina completed the following:

  • Volunteered over 100 hours at the Saratoga Springs Library
  • Learned how to play new songs on the Piano and performed them at a recital
  • Improved running times, lifted weights and learned to water ski
  • Traveled to the Oregon Coast and learned about WWII

Marinda will be attending Utah State University on an academic presidential scholarship in the fall with plans to study accounting. Her hobbies include water skiing, dirt biking, and playing the piano and organ. She just started her own business selling screen printed t-shirts.

Katrina will be attending Utah State University on an academic presidential scholarship in the fall. Her hobbies include hiking, historical exploration, painting, and playing the piano and organ. She just started her own business selling watercolor greeting cards online.

About the Congressional Award

The Congressional Award was created by Congress in 1979 to recognize initiative, achievement and service in young people. The award is open to all young people ages 14-23 in America. To be eligible to receive this award, young people must set and achieve goals in the four program areas of public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration. The only other medal awarded by Congress is the Medal of Honor. More than 40,000 Congressional Awards have been earned, representing over 3.5 million volunteer hours performed in communities across America.

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Congressman Stewart Launches Book Drive to Benefit the Kairos Academy

2016/04/26

SALT LAKE CITY – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) launched a book drive to collect books for the Kairos Academy, a West Valley public charter high school with the unique mission of serving parenting teen girls and their children.
After noticing their library selves were bare when he visited the Academy in March, Rep. Stewart knew he needed to help.
 
“When I visited the Kairos Academy, I had a great time reading to the preschool students, but I was surprised that the library book selection was sparse,” Stewart said. “That’s why I’m hosting a book drive – we need to help this new school get books. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books, so please help us reach our goal!”
 
In addition to the books collected by the community, Rep. Stewart will arrange to have books donated from the Library of Congress.
 
WHAT: Congressman Stewart’s Book Drive Benefiting the Kairos Academy
 
WHEN: April 26 – May 31, 2016
 
WHERE:
Drop off our mail your books to:
Congressman Stewart’s Salt Lake City Office
420 East South Temple #390
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
 
Video of Congressman Stewart's Book Drive: April 26 - May 31, 2016
 
To watch the video, click here.
 
 
Congressman Stewart reading with the preschool students at the Kairos Academy in March 2016. Learn more about the Kairos Academy here.
 
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Federal Land Action Group to Hold Forum Examining H.R. 1484, Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864 Act

2016/04/22

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Land Action Group will hold a forum on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 examining Rep. Mark Amodei’s bill, H.R. 1484. The Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864 Act would transfer land currently managed by the federal government to the state of the Nevada.
 
A summary of the bill can be found here.
A copy of the bill can be found here.
 
WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 4:30pm ET
WHERE: 2203 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
 
Witnesses include:
  • Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison
  • Elko County Commissioner Demar Dahl
Members of the Federal Land Action Group include:
  • 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 Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
  • Representative Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)
Learn more about the Federal Land Action Group here.
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Congressman Stewart to Hold 2 Town Hall Meetings

2016/03/22

Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will hold Town Hall Meetings next week in Bountiful and West Valley City, Utah. This is a great opportunity for constituents to share their views about the critical issues facing the nation.

WHAT: Town Hall Meetings with Congressman Chris Stewart

WHEN/WHERE: 

Bountiful Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
7:00pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Davis County South Branch Library
725 South Main St.
Bountiful, UT 84010
 
West Valley City Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 31, 2016
7:00pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Hunter High School, Library
4200 S. 5600 W.
West Valley City, UT 84120

For more information, visit stewart.house.gov/events

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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on the Brussels Terrorist Attacks

2016/03/22

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Brussels:

“I’m heartbroken and angry to learn of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. My thoughts and prayers are with those we’ve lost, their families and the first responders. But we have to realize the challenge we are facing. Far too many seek to kill us, destroy our values, and take away our basic freedoms. Now more than ever, it’s critical that we implement a real plan to stop the spread of global terrorism to prevent future attacks.”

“I’ll be working with my colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee to continue monitoring the situation and develop appropriate responses.”

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Rep. Chris Stewart Recognized with Spirit of Enterprise Award

2016/03/18

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) with the Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of his support for pro-jobs, pro-growth policies.

“We are pleased to recognize Congressman Stewart for engaging in pro-business policymaking that helps strengthen our nation’s spirit of enterprise,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The Spirit of Enterprise Award honors those members of Congress who are committed to ensuring that American businesses can continue to operate and succeed in a free enterprise system.”

The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award.

“As a former small business owner, I understand first-hand how important it is to reduce regulatory burdens and focus on pro-business policies that will create jobs and grow our economy,” Stewart said. “I will continue to fight every day for policies that will provide businesses with the certainty to keep our family, friends and neighbors working.”

This marks the 28th year that the U.S. Chamber has formally honored the accomplishments of this select group of members of Congress.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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Utah Delegation Seeks to Restore Local Control of Law Enforcement

2016/03/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to concerns expressed by local law enforcement and elected officials, Utah’s Congressional delegation today introduced H.R. 4751, the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act of 2016.  This bill eliminates law enforcement functions of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service on federal land, and instead grants authority to local law enforcement.

Congressmen Rob Bishop (UT-01), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Chris Stewart (UT- 02), and Congresswoman Mia Love (UT-04) released the following statement upon introduction of the bill:

“Federal agencies do not enjoy the same level of trust and respect as local law enforcement that are deeply rooted in local communities. This legislation will help deescalate conflicts between law enforcement and local residents while improving transparency and accountability. The BLM and U.S. Forest Service will be able to focus on their core missions without the distraction of police functions. This is a win all around."

Click here to view full bill text.  

What the Bill Does:

  • Terminates the law enforcement function within BLM and Forest Service.
  • Provides block granted funding to local law enforcement.
  • Deputizes local law enforcement to defend federal land.
  • Establishes a formula to reimburse local governments for law enforcement on public lands based on the percentage of public land in each state.
  • Restores responsibility for law enforcement to elected officials who are accountable to the local community.

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Federal Land Action Group Forum - 2/26/16

2016-04-27 18:10:52


Rep. Stewart Urges For More Local Control of Wild Horses in Speech

2016-04-27 17:50:43


Rep. Chris Stewart Questions U.S. Fish & Wildlife Director

2016-03-15 16:55:20


Rep. Stewart Questions Secret Service Director

2016-03-15 16:18:35


Federal Land Action Group Forum, 2/9/16

2016-02-10 18:41:10


Rep. Stewart Introduces Resolution on Behalf of David Sneddon

2016-02-10 17:01:16


Congressman Stewart Introduces Bill to Combat Zika Virus

2016-02-03 16:49:57


Rep. Stewart Addresses the Utah Senate

2016-01-28 20:51:19


Rep. Stewart Addresses the Utah House of Representatives

2016-01-28 20:42:17


Rep. Stewart: We Simply Can't Trust Iran

2016-01-13 16:38:57


Rep. Chris Stewart's Response to the 2016 State of the Union Address

2016-01-13 03:41:22


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


Contact Information

323 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-9730
Fax 202-225-9627
stewart.house.gov

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.


Serving With

Rob Bishop

UTAH's 1st DISTRICT

Jason Chaffetz

UTAH's 3rd DISTRICT

Mia Love

UTAH's 4th DISTRICT

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