Jason Chaffetz

Jason Chaffetz


Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker of the House


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement upon announcing that he will be running for Speaker of the House: 

"I am running for Speaker of the House of Representatives because I want to lead the way on tackling the toughest issues facing the United States of America.  

“The American people have entrusted Republicans with the largest majority since the 1920’s, but with that majority comes a responsibility to get the job done that we were elected to do. I came to Congress to help fix problems, and as Speaker I will fight every day to make that happen. I look forward to sharing my vision for the Speakership with my colleagues and the American people.” 


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THE HILL: The breach we could have avoided


The worst data breach in American history compromised the sensitive, personally identifiable information of 21.5 million Americans.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) attack was the result of negligence, inadequate cybersecurity measures, mismanagement of IT budgets over decades, poor data management and incompetent leadership that, unfortunately, remain in place today.

The significance of the breach cannot be overstated.

Social Security numbers and health, financial, employment and residency information were placed in the hands of our greatest adversaries. The perpetrators even swiped fingerprints of 5.6 million individuals.

FBI Director James Comey described the breach as “a treasure trove of information about everybody who has worked for, tried to work for, or works for the United States government.”

Another former senior intelligence community official referred to the stolen data as the “crown jewels” and a “gold mine for a foreign intelligence service.”

It was an extraordinary theft. It was also entirely foreseeable.

Competent leaders would have seen the obvious threat and responded to it. The OPM’s didn’t.

By ignoring repeated warnings of system vulnerability, failing to adopt basic cybersecurity best practices and wasting millions of dollars maintaining outdated technology, OPM leaders left the agency’s valuable data vulnerable to attack.

The resulting breach was entirely predictable and its risk well known.

OPM leadership consciously ignored warnings of “material weakness” in data security from the inspector general (IG) for at least eight years.

Inexcusably, OPM leadership operated systems without valid authorizations despite knowing the inherent risks.

The OPM did not encrypt Social Security numbers despite being required to do so.

It is also unclear why the OPM left all 21.5 million individuals’ security clearance files active on its system. Information that isn’t available on a network can’t be hacked.

President Obama’s decision to appoint Katherine Archuleta as director of the agency based on political patronage rather than on skill and expertise topped off the perfect storm.

It’s of small comfort that Archuleta resigned after the damage was done. The OPM’s chief information officer is still on the job. By law she is responsible for securing the agency’s IT systems. She spectacularly failed at this mission, yet remains at the helm.

Bad decision-making at the OPM was not limited to security measures. The agency also proved a poor steward of IT dollars.

Since 2008 the Obama administration has spent in excess of $525 billion on IT, and it’s not working.

Instead of investing in cutting-edge technology, officials wasted millions on outdated legacy systems, which make the application of security tools far more challenging.

Astonishingly, the OPM operates using 1950s-era Cobol language, which is difficult, if not impossible, to update to include encryption or multifactor authentication due to its aging code base.

Yet the OPM spent nearly 80 percent of its budget in fiscal 2014 on old IT, like Cobol. Nearly $70 million was allocated to operations and maintenance with a mere $14 million on development modernization.

As the OPM embarks on its better-late-than-never plan to overhaul its IT infrastructure, the agency’s failure to change leadership portends more failure. It is once again disregarding warnings from the IG that its plan has a “high risk of failure.”

We can’t keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. If we want to ensure that a breach of this magnitude never happens again, we have to have the right leadership.

Right now, we don’t.

Experienced leaders in IT and cybersecurity would ensure that the controls already in place are being followed. That’s not happening.

The 30-day cyber sprint initiated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the aftermath of the hack yielded a 30 percent agencywide increase in multifactor authentication for certain users, from 42 percent to 72 percent.

It was over 10 years ago, though, that the White House first issued direction to agencies to accelerate the use of multifactor authentication. It shouldn’t have taken a crisis of these proportions for agencies to get their IT houses in order.

It was only after the 30-day cyber sprint was complete that the OPM increased its multifactor authentication participation from 42 percent to 97 percent of all users.

We may never fully rid ourselves of the threat posed by those who wish to do us harm.

However, with more competent leadership, a commitment to strong cybersecurity measures and better stewardship of IT dollars, we can do much more to prepare and protect ourselves.

The OPM’s network was a disaster waiting to happen. We have the tools and ability to avoid a future disaster. We need to maintain the pressure on our federal agencies to ensure they have the will.

Chaffetz has represented Utah’s 3rd Congressional District since 2009. He is chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and sits on the Judiciary Committee.

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Chaffetz Statement on Unauthorized Access of Personal Information by the Secret Service


 WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (IG) report on an investigation into U.S. Secret Service employees improperly accessing and circulating sensitive, personal information of the Chairman.   “Certain lines should never be crossed. The unauthorized access and distribution of my personal information crossed that line. It was a tactic designed to intimidate and embarrass me and frankly, it is intimidating. It’s scary to think about all the possible dangers in having your personal information exposed. The work of the committee, however, will continue. I remain undeterred in conducting proper and rigorous oversight.”   Background:   The Committee held hearings earlier this year on February 12, March 24, and May 14, as part of its ongoing investigation into all aspects of the Secret Service’s leadership, culture, protocols, training, personnel, budget, technology and tactics. Read More

Chaffetz Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation


WASHINGTON—Today, Speaker John Boehner announced he would resign as Speaker and retire from Congress at the end of October. Following this announcement, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement: 

“Speaker Boehner has honorably served this country and I am grateful for his leadership.  I thank him for his faithful service to this great country, for the opportunities he has entrusted to me, and for his personal friendship.  My best wishes to John, his wife Debbie, and their family.”


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ST. GEORGE SPECTRUM: With Koskinen at the helm, IRS cannot be trusted


Having lied to Congress, destroyed documents under subpoena, and targeted people based on their political beliefs, the IRS and its commissioner John Koskinen want a bigger budget.   German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche neatly summed up my view of Commissioner Koskinen’s leadership:  “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”   The commissioner’s lack of regard for his legal obligations is unquestionably a serious matter. In fact, earlier this summer, 52 members of Congress sent a letter to the President urging him to immediately fire the commissioner.  Read more here.


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Chaffetz Statement on Syrian Refugee Settlement


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement to resettle thousands more Syrian refugees in the United States.

"While the United States has and will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the crisis, we must not overlook the inherent security risks of this decision by President Obama. Make no mistake, nefarious actors will take advantage of our generosity and abuse our broken immigration system. Our asylum system is badly broken and easily manipulated.  I don’t trust this Administration’s ability to vet new arrivals – particularly when their policies have already caused a surge of illegal immigration on our southern border. I am committed to work with the committees of jurisdiction to assess the risks and evaluate solutions.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Chaffetz introduced HR 1153, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act. This bill would tighten the “credible fear” standard asylum seekers must meet in an effort to reduce fraud and abuse.


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EPA’s toxic environment: Sexual harassment running rampant


A young, female research fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inappropriately hugged, touched, grabbed and even kissed by a male EPA employee almost three times her age.  

Assaulted on a near daily basis with lewd and suggestive verbal comments, she dreads going to the office each day.  Another 21-year old female intern reports being sexually harassed by an EPA official who has victimized at least sixteen other women throughout his 31-year career. 

Listening to these stories, and others, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in July was alarming.  

As a parent, particularly as a father of two daughters, the vulgar and foul words and acts these young women were subjected to angered me.

And as a legislator and public servant, I was shocked to see the blind eye EPA management turned toward such misconduct. 

One witness at the hearing went as far as to say, “{the offender} was fed a steady diet of interns.”

Further, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 238 stated, “Treating {EPA) employees badly has become accepted - and rewarded – behavior.” 

This is unacceptable. It is incumbent upon Congress not only to bring these transgressions to light but also to champion reforms that bring about solutions. 

In the case of the research fellow, when the sexual harassment was initially reported to EPA management, the offender’s only consequence was a relocated cubicle.  Predictably, with this inadequate remedy, the harassment continued. 

When an investigation into the allegations was actually launched, EPA employees conducting the investigation experienced retaliation from senior management. 

Demotions, reduced pay, reassignments, and unsatisfactory annual reviews were all tactics used to silence their voices. 

Not only did EPA management do nothing to prevent or stop this predatory behavior, their retaliatory practices allowed the problems to fester for years. 

EPA’s leadership failures created a toxic workplace environment. 

Ultimately, despite both offenders being known by EPA management as serial sexual harassers, they were permitted to retire with full benefits.  This federal agency-wide practice of letting employees retire without, or in lieu of, facing consequences for their misconduct cannot continue.   

Until the EPA can regain the confidence of its employees and of Congress, all sexual harassment allegations may need to be handled by the independent EPA Inspector General.

This is just one possible next step. 

Additional reforms are needed to promote a cultural shift throughout EPA and other federal agencies where similar deficiencies have taken root. 

Furthermore, the Department of Justice (DOJ) should be required to get involved when the misconduct becomes criminal. It is astonishing that EPA leadership didn’t thoroughly pursue criminal referrals for these serial sexual harassers who victimized so many women over multiple decades. 

Unfortunately, the current civil service system allows for the wrong people to be insulated and protected. Tenure and seniority are woefully insufficient justifications for overlooking egregious or even criminal behavior. There must be a process that allows the bad apples to be removed. 

Congress must debate the options and then enact meaningful reforms.  Reforms should foster a workplace environment where all employees are encouraged to report misconduct without fear of retribution, where victims are protected and where management is held accountable for its failures. 

I will be working with my colleagues across both sides of the aisle to ensure that situations like these revealed in last month’s hearing never happen again.

The EPA now has a new type of environmental clean-up on its hands. Congress will be working to ensure it gets the scrubbing it needs and deserves.

Chaffetz has represented Utah’s 3rd Congressional District since 2009. He is chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and also serves on the Judiciary Committee.

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Chaffetz Introduces Legislation to Help Pet Owners Save Money


WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduced H.R. 3174, Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015. This legislation will allow America’s 71 million pet owners to shop around for the best price available when filling pet prescriptions.

“Having the ability to shop around will mean real savings for consumers. This legislation will create more competition, lower prices, provide greater medication options, and increase shopping convenience. As prices drop, treating ill pets will be more affordable, allowing owners to enjoy more time with their pets,” said Chaffetz.   

Americans spend nearly $10 billion every year on pet medications and pet health-related products. Federal law bars pet owners from buying many of these products without a prescription, but at the same time fails to give consumers the right to a copy of the prescription. The Fairness to Pet Owners Act would give pet owners the right to a copy of their pet's prescriptions from the veterinarian's office.

Among the organizations supporting this legislation are the ASPCA, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.


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No nos equivoquemos: México está en crisis


Un México estable y económicamente vibrante es nuestro mejor interés

Por el Congresista Jason Chaffetz

17 jul.- El lugar más violento, brutal y en el cual las leyes parecen no aplicarse no se ubica en el otro lado del mundo, en el Medio Oriente, sino posiblemente esté al lado nuestro, en México. Recientemente, personal naval mexicano sobrevolando en un helicóptero Black Hawk respondió al fuego en un tiroteo entre carteles, matando a seis. El mes pasado una de nuestras unidades aéreas de la patrulla fronteriza (CBP) también recibió fuego desde el otro lado de la frontera y a todo esto se suma la fuga de uno de los criminales mas peligrosos del mundo.

La creciente violencia no es mala únicamente para México - es mala para los EEUU. Así como la violencia se propaga en México y en nuestro país, la violencia desplaza cada vez a más personas que de otro modo preferirían quedarse en su país de origen.

Desde que la guerra del narcotráfico en México comenzó a escalar en el año 2006, más de 100.000 residentes mexicanos han sido asesinados o han desaparecido, según el Consejo de Seguridad del Departamento de Estado. Secuestros, el tráfico ilegal de personas y el desmembramiento brutal junto a la visualización de víctimas se ha convertido en un hecho común. Estos incidentes están ocurriendo literalmente al otro lado del río desde ciudades principales de Estados Unidos.

La administración del Presidente Obama y la prensa han ignorado la difícil situación de nuestro país amigo, aliado, y nuestro tercer socio comercial mientras estas barbaridades se han limitado directamente al pueblo mexicano. Esto no debe ser tolerado.

El mes pasado, mi colega representante de Texas Filemón Vila y yo escribimos una carta al Secretario de Estado, John Kerry, en la cual le preguntamos sobre las acciones estadounidenses para proteger a nuestro personal diplomático en México, sobre su decisión de mantener consulados abiertos en estas zonas y la consideración de la administración sobre la posible eliminación del pago adicional a los diplomáticos destinados en la región, ya que se encuentran en una zona riesgosa.

Para los EEUU, ver un México estable y económicamente vibrante está en nuestro mejor interés. Queremos que nuestros vecinos puedan criar y mantener a sus familias en México de manera segura. Queremos que nuestro socio comercial sea próspero y productivo. Y queremos ver los carteles Mexicanos completamente destruidos.

Esta administración ha hecho muy poco para hacer frente a esta amenaza y por lo mismo es que ahora este problema se derrama a través de nuestras fronteras. Minimizar el derramamiento de sangre entre los carteles de la droga sólo les permite crecer sin control alguno.

Sin consecuencias por su violencia, los delincuentes se han vuelto aún más descarados - creando condiciones altamente peligrosas para nuestro personal que vive o trabaja en la región y para las inocentes familias mexicanas que simplemente quieren ganarse la vida en su país natal.

Después de que nuestro helicóptero de la patrulla fronteriza recibió disparos el mes pasado desde el lado de México, cerca de Laredo, Texas, yo visité el sitio y hablé personalmente con el personal de CPB que valientemente enfrenta la creciente violencia día tras día. Los hechos son alarmantes.

En ciertas partes de México, los carteles intimidan a los medios de comunicación, funcionarios electos, policías, así como a testigos de sus crímenes. El incidente de esta semana en el cual se involucro a personal naval mexicano pasó casi desapercibido por el gobierno local y ni siquiera fue reportado por medios locales.

Las advertencias de viaje del Departamento de Estado sobre la región son alarmantes - informan de que los secuestros aumentaron en un 20 % en el periodo de un año, además de advertir sobre robos de vehículos, homicidios y tiroteos. El Departamento de Estado advierte que no hay rutas de carretera a través del estado fronterizo de Tamaulipas que se puedan considerar seguras. Y justo al otro lado de la frontera de Laredo, la ciudad de Nuevo Laredo ya ni siquiera tiene una fuerza policial desde que el jefe de la policía y sus hermanos fueron asesinados en 2013.

Entonces, ¿cómo respondió la administración del Presidente Obama a los ataques a nuestros oficiales el mes pasado? Se lo tomó con calma. No aumentó los recursos en la zona. Es como si estuvieran más preocupados por la óptica política que por nuestra seguridad nacional.

¿Qué debería haber hecho? Debería haber cerrado la zona después del ataque y reasignado unos 100 agentes adicionales para detener las incursiones en ese sector. Podría haberlo hecho si hubiera tenido la intención.

Hubiera podido cerrar nuestros consulados en Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros y Guadalajara, donde nuestro personal no puede circular con seguridad total. No hicieron nada de lo mencionado.

Cuando dispararan en contra de nuestra gente, tiene que haber consecuencias. Cuando nuestros países aliados están luchando para contener la violencia cerca a nuestras fronteras, tenemos la obligación de apoyar ese esfuerzo.

He tomado una posición muy dura al rechazar la amnistía porque creo que esas políticas sólo incentivan a más personas a ignorar la ley. Quiero resguardar la frontera y retirar las recompensas e incentivos que hace la inmigración ilegal mucho más atractiva que la inmigración legal. Pero cuando se trata de la lucha contra el crimen organizado que está impulsado por nuestro propio mercado de la droga, y que se filtra en nuestras propias ciudades, y pone en peligro nuestra propia seguridad, estamos obligados a actuar.

Hago un llamado a la administración del Presidente Obama a tomar en serio esta amenaza. Que le diga la verdad al pueblo estadounidense y trabajemos juntos para que México se ayude a si mismo.

- Jason Chaffetz es miembro de la Cámara de Representantes federal por Utah y republicano

(Las tribunas expresan la opinión de los autores, sin que EFE comparta necesariamente sus puntos de vista)

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Bipartisan House Coalition Launches Caucus Aimed at Criminal Justice Reform


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the midst of growing bipartisan recognition that America must confront our overcriminalization problem, a group of Democratic and Republican members of Congress have launched an effort to comprehensively address public safety and our broken criminal justice system.

U.S. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Raul Labrador (R-ID), Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) will serve as co-chairs of the newly-formed Congressional Criminal Justice and Public Safety Caucus, a bipartisan membership organization dedicated to educating the public and Members of Congress on crime mitigation, rehabilitation, community collaboration, reform of the prison system, and the advancement of safety and justice in the United States.

Rep. Chaffetz said: "The price of maintaining the largest inmate population in the world is high, both for our communities and for our pocketbooks. Working together across the aisle, I believe we can find common ground on proven strategies to administer justice, rehabilitate offenders, reduce recidivism, and cut costs."

Rep. Labrador said: “Since I took office, I’ve made it a top priority to improve our criminal justice system. This new caucus will accelerate bipartisan momentum for comprehensive reform. Working with colleagues in Congress, the White House and advocates of reform spanning the political spectrum, I believe we have an excellent chance of passing historic legislation in the 114thCongress.”

Rep. Richmond said: “The time has long since come to fix our badly broken criminal justice system. We have spent hundreds of billions of dollars and ruined millions of lives with no clear indication that we’re more safe as a result. Members on both sides of the aisle have come together to end the era  of mass incarceration. This caucus will continue that spirit of bipartisanship and work to develop and advance real solutions to how justice is served in this country.”

Rep. Jeffries said: “America’s criminal justice system wastes taxpayer dollars, hurts our economic productivity and has unnecessarily devastated countless families. Fixing our badly broken system is an urgent challenge this Congress must confront. The bipartisan caucus will be an important vehicle to generate legislative action that saves money, makes us safer and leads to more equitable criminal justice policies.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

The bipartisan caucus will work with experts and policy makers from the Administration, the judiciary, advocates from throughout the ideological spectrum and community stakeholders in order to facilitate more informed debate and legislative action on criminal justice and public safety issues. It will also seek to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the community in ways that benefit all parties, including by increasing training and promoting positive policing interactions.

At the outset of the 114th Congress, the four chairmen introduced the Recidivism Risk Reduction Act, a bill designed use risk assessment tools to reduce recidivism, lower the crime rate and reduce the amount of money spent on the federal prison system. Reps. Chaffetz and Jeffries also introduced HR 760, the Bureau of Corrections Renaming Act, legislation that would simply rename the “Bureau of Prisons” – under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice – the “Bureau of Corrections”.


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Talking Speaker's race with Greta Van Susteren, 10/5/15

2015-10-06 16:20:38

Chaffetz on Government Shutdown, MSNBC, 10/5/15

2015-10-05 21:50:25

CNN talks to Chaffetz about the Speaker race, 10/5/15

2015-10-05 21:00:35

Chaffetz on Morning Joe talking Speaker's race, 10/5/15

2015-10-05 20:44:19

Brit Hume on Chaffetz Speaker Challenge, Fox News Sunday, 10/3/15

2015-10-04 15:48:59

Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Part 2), Fox News Sunday

2015-10-04 14:06:06

Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Part 1) Fox News Sunday, 10/3/15

2015-10-04 13:43:45

MSNBC talks Secret Service Leak with Rep. Chaffetz, 10/1

2015-10-01 20:03:30

Chaffetz to CNN Part 2: Prioritize Cancer Research, 9/30

2015-10-01 00:36:39

NBC News: New Secret Service Allegations

2015-10-01 00:12:55

CBS News: Secret Service Sought to Embarrass Chaffetz, 9/30

2015-10-01 00:01:07

Chaffetz to CNN Part 4: US Secret Service Intimidation, 9/30

2015-09-30 23:38:47

Chaffetz on CNN Part 1: Defending Planned Parenthood numbers, 9/30

2015-09-30 23:30:29

Chaffetz to CNN Part 3: House leadership races, 9/30

2015-09-30 22:55:25

Chaffetz: Planned Parenthood Doesn't Need Subsidies, 9/30

2015-09-30 21:26:58

Chaffetz Questions Planned Parenthood, 9/29

2015-09-30 20:59:25

Chairman Chaffetz Opening Statement Planned Parenthood Hearing, 9/29

2015-09-30 20:39:39

Chaffetz Previews Planned Parenthood Hearing, Fox & Friends, 9/29

2015-09-30 19:26:31

Chaffetz talks leadership races on Fox & Friends, 9/29

2015-09-30 19:23:33

Navajo Nation President Testifies Re: Animas River Spill, 9/17/15

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Selected by House leadership to chair the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations, Jason Chaffetz enters his third term in Congress with energy, enthusiasm, and a determination to continue reforming Washington, D.C.

Believing in the core conservative principles of a strong national defense, fiscal discipline, limited government, and accountability, Mr. Chaffetz distinguished himself as a budget hawk by co-founding the Sunset Caucus, identifying budget cutting measures, running a lean office that returned more than $600,000 of his office budget in his first term, and sleeping on a cot in the closet of his office.  He was asked by House Speaker John Boehner to chair the House Technology Operations Team, was featured regularly on CNN’s freshman year, and consistently appears in local and national media outlets to communicate the conservative message.

On November 4, 2008, Mr. Chaffetz was elected by a 37-point margin to represent Utah’s Third Congressional District.  To secure the Republican nomination, Mr. Chaffetz unseated a 12-year incumbent by a 20-point margin, and did so with no paid campaign staff, no polling, no free meals for potential voters, no campaign office, and a refusal to go into debt to finance the campaign.  Despite being outspent by over $600,000, Mr. Chaffetz’ approach to conservative principles resonated with voters and resulted in an unprecedented victory.

Mr. Chaffetz comes to Congress with a 16-year history in the local business community, executive branch experience in Utah State government, a reputation for running strong political campaigns, and a distinguished college football career.

Mr. Chaffetz, who grew up in California, Arizona, and Colorado, was invited to Utah in the mid-1980s by the legendary Brigham Young University football coach LaVell Edwards to be a placekicker.  His years at BYU literally transformed his life.

After a successful football career that included two years as the starting placekicker and two school records, Mr. Chaffetz earned a degree in communications and married Julie Johnson of Mesa, Arizona.  In February, Mr. and Mrs. Chaffetz celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

In 1995, Mr. Chaffetz’s mother passed away after a long fight with cancer.  Consequently, he was deeply touched by the overwhelming generosity of the Utah-based Huntsman family in fighting the disease that killed his mother.  Their commitment was more than words as they personally donated hundreds of millions of dollars to research and treat cancer.

Upon reading an article about Jon Huntsman, Jr. potentially running for Governor of Utah, Mr. Chaffetz sought to meet the man who had given so much to fight cancer.  Through a mutual friend, a meeting was set up and Mr. Chaffetz eventually joined the Huntsman for Governor staff.  Shortly thereafter, Mr. Chaffetz was named Campaign Manager.  In a crowded field of contenders, Huntsman triumphed by running a well-organized, positive campaign and became Utah’s 16th Governor.  The Governor invited Mr. Chaffetz to continue working with him as his Chief of Staff.

Mr. Chaffetz used his time in the Governor’s Office to learn about the federal delegation and the issues that matter to the State of Utah.  As Utah’s representative in Congress, he is committed to represent Utah to Washington, not Washington to Utah.  Mr. Chaffetz made a commitment to voters in 2008 that he would seek to return this country to the core conservative principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense.  As he concludes his second term, he has a distinguished record of promoting legislation to restore those values.

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