Chris Stewart (politician)

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Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jim Matheson
Personal details
Born Christopher Douglas Stewart
(1960-07-15) July 15, 1960 (age 54)[1]
Logan, Utah, U.S.
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Evie Stewart
Children Sean
Dane
Lance
Kayla
Brice
Megan
Residence Farmington
Alma mater Utah State University
Occupation Politician
Profession Author
Businessman
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Website Representative Chris Stewart
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force seal United States Air Force
Years of service 1984–1998
Rank US-O4 insignia.svg Major

Christopher Douglas "Chris" Stewart (born July 15, 1960) is an American author, businessman, and politician known for his bestsellers Seven Miracles That Saved America and The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World. He currently represents Utah's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Stewart graduated from Utah State University in 1984 before joining the United States Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, Stewart set three world speed records including the fastest nonstop flight around the world.[2] After his service, Stewart began writing novels and became the President and CEO of the Shipley Group. His New York Times bestsellers, Seven Miracles That Saved America and The Miracle of Freedom were published on October 14, 2009[3] and June 3, 2011.[4] He formally announced his candidacy for Congress on December 6, 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

Stewart was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley, an agricultural valley of northern Utah and southeastern Idaho. His father was a retired Air Force Pilot and teacher. His mother, Sybil S. Stewart, was a full-time homemaker and was recognized as the Utah Mother of the Year in 1996.[5]

Stewart graduated from Sky View High School in 1978 and entered Utah State University in the fall of the same year. After a year in college, Stewart took a break and served as a Mormon missionary in Texas. After his church service, Stewart re-entered Utah State University, and in 1984 earned a degree in economics from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Military service[edit]

Stewart served in the Air Force for 14 years, primarily flying rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. He was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Mountain Home Air Force Base, and other Air Force bases.

Training[edit]

After college, Stewart was accepted into the Air Force's Officer Training School. He was also accepted into Undergraduate Pilot Training. Stewart was awarded the Distinguished Graduate (top of the class) in both endeavors. As the distinguished graduate, Stewart was trained to fly helicopters and jet-aircraft. Only two officers are accepted into this dual-training program per year.

World records[edit]

In 1995, Stewart was awarded the Mackay Trophy for "significant aerial achievement" for the combat capability operation known as Coronet Bat. On June 3, 1995, Chris and a flight of two B-1s set the world record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world. Stewart was the senior project officer for this mission. The purpose of the mission was to demonstrate the capability of the B-1 Lancer with live bombing activity over three bombing ranges on three continents in two hemispheres.[6] In the process, the team set three world records, flying 36,797.65 kilometers in 36 hours 13 minutes.[7]

The mission was recounted in the film Supersonic Saints: Thrilling Stories from LDS Pilots.[8]

Private sector career[edit]

Business career[edit]

After his military career, Stewart turned to the private sector. He was the president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a consulting company that specializes in energy and environmental issues.[9] Shipley also participates in government anti-terrorism training, corporate security and executive preparedness consulting. He sold Shipley Group in December 2012 just prior to being sworn in as a U.S. Congressman representing Utah's 2nd congressional district.[10]

Writing career[edit]

Stewart first began writing books in the late nineties. His first novel, Shattered Bone, was published October 1, 1998.[11] Stewart wrote four additional techno-thrillers before he began writing the series The Great and Terrible. Before completing his last book in that series, he started writing historical novels. His book Seven Miracles That Saved America was chosen as "Book of the Month", and The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World became a New York Times Bestseller within two weeks of publication, and was selected for the National Communications Award by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge. The Miracle of Freedom and Seven Miracles That Saved America were co-written with his brother Ted Stewart. The Miracle of Freedom was endorsed by radio/talk show host Glenn Beck, and Beck's coverage is credited with the book becoming a bestseller.[12][13]

Stewart has written fourteen books, and has been chosen by the Book of the Month Club.[14][15] His works have been published in twelve countries.[16]

He has worked with Elizabeth Smart to co-write her memoir, My Story.[17]

In 2005, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed A Christmas Bell for Anya, which he co-authored with his wife Evie.[18][19][20]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

On October 21, 2011, Utah Policy wrote that Stewart was going to run for Congress in Utah's 2nd congressional district.[21] His formal announcement took place on December 6, 2011.[22][23] On April 21, 2012, he secured the Republican nomination.

Stewart won the race with 62% of the vote, defeating Jay Seegmiller, and took office on January 3, 2013.

Committee assignments[edit]

Source: [2]

Legislation[edit]

Stewart cosponsored the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 2413; 113th Congress) and sponsored the substitute amendment which replaced the text of the original legislation. Stewart said the bill "prioritizes protection of public safety and forward-looking weather research, improves procurement of observing system data from space, air, and land, and opens up NOAA's process to encourage private sector weather solutions."[24]

Electoral history[edit]

Utah's 2nd congressional district: Results 2012-[25]
Year Republican Votes Pct Democrat Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2012 Chris Stewart 154,523 62% Jay Seegmiller 83,176 33% Jonathan D. Garrard Constitution 5,051 2% Joseph Andrade Independent 2,971 1% Charles Kimball Independent 2,824 1%

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Inside the List". The New York Times. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ Stewart, Chris (2009). "Seven Miracles That Saved America". Shadow Mountain. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  4. ^ Stewart, Chris (2011). "The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World". Shadow Mountain. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  5. ^ Palmer, Douglas. "Mothers honored for the love and service they give families". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  6. ^ "Awards". National Aeronautic Association. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Squadron Service 1985-2001". Targetlock. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  8. ^ Bytheway, John (2009). "Supersonic Saints: Thrilling Stories from LDS Pilots". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  9. ^ "The Shipley Group". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  10. ^ "New Utah congressman sells his consulting business". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  11. ^ Stewart, Chris. "Shattered Bone". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  12. ^ "Author Chris Stewart running for 2nd District seat". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  13. ^ "Glenn Beck catapults The Miracle of Freedom to bestseller". Shadow Mountain. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  14. ^ "Chris Stewart: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  15. ^ Chris Stewart at Goodreads
  16. ^ "Facts about Chris Stewart". 7miracles.org. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  17. ^ "Elizabeth Smart to finally publish her own version of her abduction". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  18. ^ Bloom, Claire (2006). "A Christmas Bell for Anya". Deseret Book. 
  19. ^ Stewart, Chris (2006). "A Christmas Bell for Anya". Shadow Mountain. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  20. ^ Haddock, Sharon. "Patriotic author stresses sacrifice". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  21. ^ "Add Another Republican Name to the 2nd District Race". Utah Policy. 
  22. ^ Gehrke, Robert. "Two new candidates join GOP field for 2nd District". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  23. ^ Montero, David. "Stewart launches bid with help of Bangerter, Hansen, Beck". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  24. ^ Stewart, Chris (9 July 2013). "Statement of Environment Subcommittee Chairman Chris Stewart". Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "Election Results". Elections.Utah.gov. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Matheson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd congressional district

2013–Present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Kyrsten Sinema
D-Arizona
United States Representatives by seniority
414th
Succeeded by
Eric Swalwell
D-California