Born July 15, 1960
Member of the LDS Church
Graduated from Utah State University in 1984
He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force
After retiring from the military, Stewart began writing novels which were published and praised by Glenn Beck.
Until elected to Congress, Chris Stewart was the President and CEO of the Shipley Group, a government contractor.
He currently represents Utah's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
"I’m not as convinced as a lot of people are that man-made climate change is the threat they think it is."
According to a spokesman from Representative Stewart's office:
"there is not sufficient science to say that the release of greenhouse gasses from human causes is affecting the climate"
"I am the CEO of a company that works extensively with independent energy producers."
"De-federalizing public lands is vital to a coherent energy strategy. It will lead to greater energy independence, an issue that is critical to our national security"
"At critical times in our history...we literally had miracles where God intervened to save us."
“Stimulus spending, bailouts for Wall Street, local education, Amtrak, farm subsidies, medical research, alternative-energy development, transportation programs … the list of federal spending programs that can be cut goes on and on,”
"From time to time, we get a certified nutcase, and Chris Stewart truly is a certified nutcase." - Former Utah Republican, from Mother Jones Magazine
Chris Stewart is the CEO of the Shipley Group, which consults government agencies on navigating through government regulations in the energy sector. Shipley received $35,000 in stimulus funds.
Chris Stewart and Climate Change Denial
Though Chris Stewart does not believe there is sufficient science linking greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, his consulting business, Shipley Group, trained government workers on climate change science and impacts.
Stewart wrote and op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune in which he claimed "the science regarding climate change is anything but settled."
Chris Stewart's connections to Koch Industries:
Chris Stewart has received $61,000 from the fossil fuel sector, including the largest possible donations from ExxonMobil and Koch Industries
2011-2012 campaign contributors to Stewart’s campaign included:
· Continuing a Majority Party Action Committee (which Koch contributed to)
· National Mining Association
· Koch Industries
· Prosperity PAC (which Koch contributed to)
The book "The Miracle of Freedom," written by Chris Stewart, is recommended reading at Koch Industries.
Chris Stewart and Keystone XL
Among the bills Chris Stewart has co-sponsored is H.R.334 , the Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act. This bill supports the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Chris Stewart and Glenn Beck
Chris Stewart wrote The Great and Terrible, a psuedo-relligious apocolyptic book series similar to the Left Behind series. Earlier in 2012, Stewart, who calls Glenn Beck a friend, began collaborating with Beck to adapt The Great and Terrible into a 10-volume e-book series aimed at a general audience.
Glenn Beck Interviews Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart and members of his family are involved in pushing an ALEC bill that would privatize feederal land in Utah, opening up iconic Utah scenery to coal mining and drilling
Chris Stewart's family connections to politics and lobbyists:
Chris Stewart's brother Tim Stewart is a lobbyist for American Capitol Group, a washington DC lobbying firm.
Tim Stewart lobbied for EnergyNorthAmerica, a company he cofounded to lobby for the Fossil Fuel Industry
One EnergyNorthAmerica slide presentation reads:
"The fact that fossil energy and mining are viewed by political "elites" with disfavor, a view driven by acolytes of radical environmentalism, has resulted in damaging laws and regulation and general neglect"
Other Family connections:
Judge Ted Stewart » Before he was a federal judge, Ted Stewart worked for Utah Govs. Norm Bangerter and Mike Leavitt. He got his start in politics with Rep. Jim Hansen, serving as his first chief of staff. He ran for Senate in 1992, losing at the state convention.
Brian Tarbet » Tarbet married into the Stewart family in the 1970s and, like many of the Stewarts, he served in the military, rising to the rank of adjutant general of the Utah National Guard. He retired from that post in October and is now the general counsel to Utah Attorney General John Swallow.
Cody Stewart » Ted Stewart’s oldest son worked for Sen. Hansen’s office. He has also worked for former Rep. Chris Cannon and Rep. Rob Bishop and he spent three years lobbying as part of Tim Stewart’s firm. He is now Gov. Gary Herbert’s energy adviser.
Luke Johnson » Ted Stewart’s son-in-law. He became a deputy director in the Interior Department and lobbied with Tim Stewart for a time. He remains in Washington, D.C., where he is the vice president for the National Ocean Industries Association.
From the Salt Lake Tribune
Chris Stewart and civil rights
He has written that gay soldiers must be prohibited from serving in order to "ensure our national defense."