Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart


Rep. Stewart’s Statement Regarding Chaffetz’ Announcement to Not Seek Re-Election in 2018


Salt Lake City, UT – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement regarding Rep. Jason Chaffetz’ (R-Utah) announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2018:

"I’m saddened to learn that Jason Chaffetz won’t be seeking re-election in 2018. He is a good friend, terrific public servant and a colleague that will be greatly missed in the House of Representatives and in the Utah Delegation. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”


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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on Military Action Against Syria


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a former Air Force bomber pilot and member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement regarding the military strike against Syria:

"While tonight's military action against Syria won’t remove Assad from power nor solve the horrifying humanitarian disaster, destroying the airfield will damage Assad’s ability to launch attacks against his own people. It also sends a very clear message that the U.S. will no longer tolerate Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people. Other tyrants around the world are surely taking note as well."


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Stewart and Hatch Introduce Southern Utah OPEN OHV Areas Act


WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah issued the following statements after introducing the Southern Utah Open OHV Areas Act:

“Over the last 30 years, areas for recreational access in Washington County have been quickly disappearing. It’s time we draw a line in the sand by keeping the Hurricane Sand Dunes open for riding and under county management,” Hatch said. “Our legislation, the Southern Utah Open OHV Areas Act (S. 837), would guarantee nearly 20,000 acres of recreational access for off-road vehicles. Perhaps most importantly, this proposal empowers locals by entrusting county leaders—not federal bureaucrats—to manage this unique area. It reflects a truly collaborative effort following extensive discussions between all of the affected stakeholders. I strongly urge my Senate colleagues to join us in passing this legislation.”  

“This bill is an excellent example of a collaborative process to resolve longstanding land use problems,” Stewart said. “It gives certainty, and entrusts local leaders to manage the Hurricane Sand Dunes. I’m proud to introduce this legislation with Senator Hatch and encourage my colleagues in the House to support this bill.”


This legislation:

  • Establishes the Hurricane Sand Dunes as a special recreation area and guarantees permanent recreational OHV access;
  • It conveys this special recreation area to the county to be managed with certain requirements. For example, the area must be used solely for recreational purposes, specifically including OHV recreation;
  • To benefit Utah’s schoolchildren, it allows for presently landlocked school trust lands to be exchanged for lands that are more suitable for future development.
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Rep. Stewart Participates in White House Bill Signing to Rollback Regulations


Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) participated in a White House bill signing ceremony as President Trump signed Joint Resolution, H.J. Res 44, which disapproves and nullifies BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule.

Following the bill signing, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement:

"I applaud today’s signing of H.J. Res 44, making the critical and necessary move to roll back the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule. This rule ignored thousands of meaningful comments submitted by state and local officials. By signing this resolution of disapproval, President Trump is returning power back to the states and local communities.”

Rep. Stewart at the White House Bill Signing Ceremony

Rep. Stewart with Utah Governor Herbert and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

With the support of Stewart, this Joint Resolution passed the House on February 7, 2017. Before its passage in the House, Rep. Stewart expressed his support in a speech on the House Floor:

Background Information:

On December 12, 2016 the Obama Administration published another overreaching “midnight regulation” in the form of the BLM’s new Resource Management Rule, commonly referred to as BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule. 

The same day the final rule was published, six Western states and a conservation district filed suit to block the new regulation stating that Planning 2.0 “will severely impair their ability to work with the BLM on future planning and management issues.”

H.J. Res 44a joint resolution utilizes the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to disapprove and nullify BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule.  The Congressional Review Act, a law enacted in 1996, requires a simple majority in both Houses as well as a signature by the president and uses expedited procedures that allow for nullification of an entire regulation through a joint resolution that cannot be filibustered. The CRA prevents the rule from continuing in effect and also prevents a substantially similar rule from being reissued. The parliamentarian has advised that all rules submitted during the 114th Congress on or after June 13, 2016, are eligible for review under the Congressional Review Act.

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 established a process that requires the BLM to develop RMPs in cooperation with state, local and tribal governments. RMPs are typically updated every seven years and determine what actions can take place on BLM land. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, “247.3 million acres of public land and administers about 700 million acres of federal subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation.”

Planning 2.0 changes the BLM’s resource management planning process, and introduces significant uncertainty by creating ambiguous standards and expanding agency discretion. This new rule will complicate effective resource planning while reducing opportunities for meaningful state and local governmental input. Planning 2.0 directs the BLM to perform large “landscape scale” planning efforts that stretch across county and state lines. This new regulation allows radical special-interest groups from other states to have the same influence as county and local officials in the planning process. Planning 2.0 takes planning decisions away from local communities and centralizes those decisions with bureaucrats in Washington D.C. 

According to the American Action Forum, 4,432 new regulations have been finalized that cost a total of $1,000,000,000,000 and result in 754,208,800 hours of paperwork compliance since 2005. 120,849,512 hours of paperwork came from regulations that were finalized in 2016 alone. With regards to “midnight regulations,” those issued between Election Day and Inauguration Day, a potential cost of $6,000,000,000 worth of regulations was issued by the Obama Administration on eight rules. There were several other “midnight regulations” that have yet to be analyzed and are not included in that staggering cost estimate.




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Rep. Stewart’s Statement Regarding GOP Healthcare Bill


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after the healthcare bill was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives:

“We worked very hard to bring the American people better healthcare options and I’m very disappointed in this outcome.”



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Rep. Stewart’s Town Hall Meeting RESCHEDULED Until Next Week


Salt Lake City -- Due to the unexpected delay of the House of Representatives vote on the Healthcare bill, Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) Town Hall Meeting that was scheduled for this evening has been RESCHEDULED for next Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 7:00pm at West High School in Salt Lake City.

Concerning the town hall meeting, Rep. Stewart released the following statement:

“I am very disappointed that I can’t be at the town hall tonight, but the unexpected delay of the healthcare vote requires me to be in Washington, D.C. Hearing from my constituents is my top priority, which is why I’ve rescheduled the town hall for the earliest possible date, next Friday, March 31st in Salt Lake City. I look forward to seeing everyone then.”

The new details are below:

Congressman Chris Stewart’s Town Hall Meeting
Friday, March 31, 2017
7:00pm MT
West High School
241 N 300 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on Utahn Killed in London Terrorist Attack


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement regarding the Utahn that was killed in yesterday’s terrorist attack in London:

“I am distraught and heartbroken to learn of the passing of Utah’s Kurt Cochran and the serious injures sustained by his wife Melissa in yesterday’s London terrorist attack. I’m offering my sincerest prayers to Kurt, his family and particularly for the speedy recovery of Melissa.”

“This is unfortunately another reminder that across the world, we are facing huge challenges. We are in the midst of a generational fight against global terrorism. But we must keep our heads high. We cannot let the world’s evils destroy our values and take away our freedoms.”


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Rep. Stewart Named Vice Chair on House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee


Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has been named the Vice Chair of the powerful House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee. This subcommittee is critical to Utah as it’s tasked with overseeing federal funds at the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Forest Service. 

“It’s an honor to be selected as the Vice Chair of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, giving western states – and specifically Utah – a bigger voice,” Stewart said.

“Among other things, I will be able to use the power of the purse to push for more local control of our public lands, to help bring certainty to locals and help ensure true multiple use of our public lands.”



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Rep. Stewart Reacts to the President’s Congressional Address


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following video message after President Trump addressed the Joint Session of Congress:

You can watch the video here.

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Rep. Stewart Introduces Bill to Improve Government Transparency


Washington, D.C. – This week, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced legislation to increase transparency and accountability for taxpayer funds used in the Treasury Department’s Judgment Fund. The Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2017 would require a public accounting of all money paid to those who win lawsuits against the federal government.

The Treasury Department currently manages the Judgment Fund, which is used to pay for court expenses and settlements against the federal government. In the past few years it has unfortunately been used as a slush fund, providing billions of dollars to Iran and attempting to bailout insurance companies losing money on the Obamacare exchanges.

Unfortunately, this fund is not subject to the annual appropriations process, has lax reporting requirements, and any available information is offered only at the discretion of the President.

“There’s absolutely no reason for this information to be secret,” Stewart said. “The federal government should always be transparent about how it uses tax dollars. This bill is a critical fix that will show us who the government is paying and how much when it settles or loses lawsuits, and it will prevent the fund from being used as a slush fund for political purposes.”

The Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2017 does the following:

  • Prevents Judgment Fund payments to State Sponsors of Terrorism
  • Increases government transparency by requiring the Treasury Department to publicly disclose the following information about Judgment Fund Settlements:
    • Names of government agencies involved in the lawsuit
    • Names of plaintiffs and counsels
    • The amounts awarded in the settlements
    • A brief description of the facts of the claim
  • If payments are made to foreign governments, the Treasury Department must also publicly disclose:
    • The method of payment
    • Currency denominations used
    • The name and location of each financial institution that is controlling the payment

Examples of recent Judgment Fund misuse:

Background on the Judgment Fund:

The Judgment Fund was originally set up to provide a mechanism for the federal government to pay damages to parties, in a timely manner, who have been harmed by the federal government. The purpose of the Judgment Fund is thus a good one, but the administration of it must be more transparent. 

A similar bill sponsored by Congressman Stewart was marked-up and adopted by the House Judiciary Committee in November 2016.



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Rep. Stewart Answers Questions from the Town Hall For All

2017-04-03 19:57:02

Rep. Stewart Reacts to President Trump's Congressional Address

2017-03-01 03:34:24

Rep. Stewart Previews President Trump's First Address to Congress

2017-02-28 15:24:23

Rep. Stewart Fights to Rescind BLM Planning 2.0 Rule, Asks for More Local Control

2017-02-07 22:00:41

Congressman Chris Stewart's Valentine's for Veterans Card Drive

2017-01-10 16:03:48

Rep. Stewart Discusses GOP Plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

2017-01-04 21:20:00

Rep. Stewart Reflects on the Attack of Pearl Harbor in Speech on the House Floor

2016-12-07 16:55:14

Rep. Stewart Recognizes Participants of the Freedmen's Bureau Records Project

2016-12-07 15:56:28

Rep. Stewart Urges Colleagues to Vote for his Veterans TRICARE Choice Act

2016-11-29 21:04:19

Rep. Chris Stewart Honors Fallen West Valley City Police Officer in Speech on the House Floor

2016-11-15 22:48:20

Congressman Stewart Launches Blanket Drive Benefitting Primary Children's Hospital

2016-10-07 17:38:33

Rep. Stewart on the Miracle of the Constitution

2016-09-15 20:14:53

Rep. Stewart's Global Security Conference 1

2016-08-12 19:19:12

Rep. Stewart Urges Colleauges to Prohibit the Creation of New National Monuments

2016-07-13 13:52:34

Rep. Stewart Launches Refugee Back to School Supply Drive

2016-07-06 18:45:06

Rep. Stewart Speaks to Students at the University of Utah's Trio Upward Bound Program

2016-07-01 14:10:00

Rep. Stewart's Closing Statment on Amendment to Block the Creation of National Monuments

2016-06-15 20:38:27

Rep. Stewart's Amendment to Block National Monuments in Utah passes out of Committee

2016-06-15 20:36:31

Rep. Stewart Urges Colleagues to Help Find a Solution to the Wild Horse Situation in the West

2016-05-25 18:20:55

Rep. Stewart Urges Support for Intelligence Authorization Act

2016-05-23 20:46:15

Contact Information

323 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-9730
Fax 202-225-9627

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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