Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

Rep. Chris Stewart Calls for Bipartisan Solution to the Overpopulation of Wild Horses

2016/05/25

Washington, D.C. – Today, at an Interior Appropriations subcommittee mark up, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), urged his colleagues to help him find a bipartisan solution to the overpopulation of wild horses in the West.

“If you care about these animals like I do, we can’t just continue with what’s happening,” Stewart said. “By the BLM’s own estimate it’s going to cost a billion dollars to care for these [Wild Horses] in the next few years. There are more than 67,000 of them now, and they expect that number to double in the next 4 years. We could throw our hands up in the air and say ‘this is too hard, we can’t fix it’, but that seems unacceptable. We are hoping we can find some bipartisan agreement and do something meaningful."

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In 2015, Rep. Stewart also introduced the Wild Horse Oversight Act, which would allow states to take over the management of wild horses and burros.

 

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National Defense Authorization Act Passes the House, Includes Key Provisions for Utah

2016/05/19

Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the House of Representatives with key provisions that are critical for Utah. The bill provides for state management of Sage-Grouse, includes Rep. Chris Stewart’s bill that strengthens Utah’s Test and Training Range, and includes land exchanges that will be a boon to Utah’s public education funding.

“This legislation is critical, both for our country and for Utah’s significant role in national security,” Stewart said. “Through this bill, we support our men and women in uniform and provide the weapons and training they need to protect us and our allies. It also includes several big victories for Utah by including my bill improving the Utah Test and Training Range. Those changes will allow the Air Force to better test the F-35, resolve ownership of roads surrounding the training range, execute land exchanges that will decrease the amount of federally-owned land in Utah and provide increased funding for Utah’s public education. Overall, it’s a big win for our national security and for Utah.”

Specifically, the NDAA does the following:

  • Fully funds our military, including a long-overdue pay raise for our troops
  • Additional funding for the European Reassurance Initiative, to support European allies and counter Russian aggression
  • Increases funding for the Israeli cooperative missile defense program
  • Prohibits the closure of Guantanamo Bay and keeps terrorists at GITMO.
  • Stops the BLM’s efforts to lock up thousands of acres of land for the Sage Grouse
  • Includes Rep. Stewart’s Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) Encroachment Prevention and Temporary Closure Act, which strengthens the test and training range by creating special buffer zones, which allow the Air Force to properly train pilots and test equipment.
  • Improves access to healthcare for our troops and their families 
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Rep. Stewart Commemorates National Police Week, Honors Salt Lake City Police Officer on the House Floor

2016/05/17

Washington, D.C. – In honor of National Police Week, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), gave a speech on the House Floor commemorating local law enforcement officers. He specifically honored a Salt Lake City Police Officer, Ben Hone, who saved two female college students from a violent home evasion last year. You can watch the speech here:

Congressman Stewart’s remarks:

Mr. Speaker, along with many of my colleagues I rise today to honor National Police Week.

One of the favorite things that I get to do as a member of Congress is to ride with police officers as they go about their duties. From St. George to Salt Lake City, I’ve had the opportunity to do this.

Sadly, many in our society and particularly among the press have been highly critical of law enforcement officers. Now I recognize that not all law enforcement officers are perfect. People make mistakes. We all do. But we can’t let the mistakes of a few, tarnish the name of such a noble and a brave profession. 

Such criticism of police efforts doesn’t come without a cost. It forces the officers to pull back. To become overly cautious. To view every encounter that they may have through the prism of a lens of a media event.

And what is the result of this? We now know that crime rates have been rising across the country and interestingly and sadly, they are rising in some of the poorest communities. The communities that most need the help of an effective police force.

Now more than ever we need brave men and woman who are willing to serve and to protect.

And as I’ve said, I’ve had the chance to go on several ride-a-longs with local police departments. Again and again, I’ve been impressed with their hard work, their professionalism, their willingness to put themselves at risk to protect other people.

There’s a great example of this. I’m reminded of the heroic actions of Officer Hone, a police officer who last year saved two young girls in Salt Lake City. 

A disturbed man, who had recently been released from prison and was on drugs, broke into the home of two sisters, both of them college students. He began to viciously attack them, and he took a knife and he attempted to take their lives.

Fortunately, Officer Hone was in the area, and he heard the screams of these young girls, and just seconds before the intruder expected to take the life of one of them, this heroic police officer quickly diffused the situation, literally saving her life.

Brea, the sister who was saved, said of the officer, “He was so professional and calm. Right when we made eye contact, I knew I was safe. It's a miracle that he had so much composure. He was our angel.”

This is just one example of the thousands of courageous police officers we have in America. I’m proud to live in a country where professionals are ready to put their lives at risk in order to serve and to protect members of their community. 

Let us honor these police officers, their courage, their selflessness, their dedication. Let us honor them not just this week, but frankly all year round for the sacrifice that they give for us.

And with that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.

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Rep. Stewart Responds to the Administration’s Executive Overreach

2016/05/13

Washington, DC – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), issued the following statement after the Obama Administration issued a directive requiring public schools to open access to bathrooms for transgender students:

“Just a day after a court struck down the President’s latest overreach, he’s at it again, threatening to withhold funding to public schools that don’t comply with his views on gender identity. We can all agree that every student should be treated with kindness and respect. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. But this is the heavy hand of the federal government and yet another example of the President trying to circumvent Congress. A better way to solve this would be to use the blueprint from Utah’s anti-discrimination laws. That should be the model for the nation.”

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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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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


Rep. Stewart Commemorates National Police Week on the House Floor

2016-05-17 15:21:36


Fox 13 News Segment: Opioid Abuse

2016-05-12 20:37:48


Rep. Stewart Urges Congress to Act to Combat Opioid Abuse

2016-05-11 19:33:50


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


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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