THIS TOWN HALL HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM LAST WEEK’S ORIGINAL DATE.
“Raising your voice at town hall meetings still the ‘gold standard’ for engagement” – Chris Stewart
Friday evening Utah District 2 Representative Chris Stewart will meet with constituents in a town hall meeting at West High School in Salt Lake City. We appreciate Rep. Stewart’s willingness to meet his constituents in person and to listen to them, particular in this heated time.
Although town halls can be highly orchestrated PR events for legislators, they can also serve the important function of connecting reps to their constituents and hearing about what matters to the people they represent. It is also a time for constituents to gauge where their rep stands on the issues so that we can find additional ways to provide feedback and hold our representatives accountable, especially via elections. We highly recommend that all constituents attend in-person town halls and engage state and federal leadership.
As a non-partisan, bridge-building organization, Action Utah’s philosophy for town halls is that respectful, calm and informed constituents have a better chance of being heard — not only by your representatives, but also by the press who attends these events. We hope you will join our town hall team and go to the meeting with these ideas in mind.
Want to know more about Representative Chris Stewart ahead of the Town Hall meeting? Action Utah has you covered. Scroll down for lots of great info on Utah’s District 2 Congressman!
CALL TO ACTION
- Make a plan to go to the Town Hall with Chris Stewart. Action Utah members from across District 2 are planning to attend on Friday night. Come prepared with a few informed questions on issues that matter to you. Be sure to arrive early to ensure you get a seat inside. Doors open at 6:15p, and we recommend you arrive 1-2 hours before the event. Click here for more tips.
- Let us know how it goes! We love to hear from members about your impressions of the event. Write to us here with your perspective on what happened, including any videos or photos you want to share.
CHRIS STEWART TOWN HALL INFO:
Where: West High School, 241 N 300 W, Salt Lake City 84103 (map it)
When: Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00p – but be sure to arrive early! Doors open at 6:15p. We recommend arriving by 5:00p, 6:00p at the latest.
Representative Chris Stewart – Utah District 2
BIOGRAPHY (from Utahns Speak Out)
Chris Stewart was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He attended Sky View High School, served a Mormon mission in Texas, then graduated from Utah State University in 1984 with a degree in Economics.
After college, Stewart followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the United States Air Force. During his 14 years of military service as a pilot, he set three world speed records including the fastest nonstop flight around the world.
After his service, Stewart became the President and CEO of the Shipley Group, a consulting company that specializes in energy and environmental issues.
He also started a second career as an author. He has published several books, including two New York Times best-sellers, “Seven Miracles That Saved America” and “The Miracle of Freedom.”
Stewart won his seat in the US House of Representatives the first time he ran in 2012, defeating Democrat Jay Seegmiller with 62% of the vote. In the 2016 election, Stewart defeated the Democratic candidate, Charlene Albarran, with 62% of the vote.
- Vice Chair, House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee
- Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Rep. Stewart on the Issues
- Supports repealing the Affordable Care Act
- Supported the religious exemption from Affordable Care Act individual mandate
- Currently leaning towards supporting the American Health Care Act
Civil Rights/Women’s Rights
- Voted ‘no’ on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act
Defense and National Security
- Supports expansion of the military and believes President Obama has neglected the military during his administration
- “I support legislation that keeps education choices in the hands of parents, along with local and state leaders”
- Supports repealing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
- Supports lowering the corporate tax rate and eliminating the death tax
- In 2015, Bishop and fellow Utah representative Chris Stewart formed the Federal Land Action Group, a congressional team with the specific intent to come up with a framework for transferring public land
- Supports H.R. 758: Utah Land Sovereignty Act (prevents the extension or establishment of national monuments in Utah without authorization from Congress. This bill adds Utah to an agreement made in 1950 between the federal government and Wyoming).
- “I support the responsible development of oil, natural gas, clean coal, and a variety economically viable renewable energy options. We are fortunate to live in a district full of scenic and natural resources. Multiple use land policies enable their responsible use, while protecting their integrity.”
For more detail on the issues, please click here.
H.R. 5058: Wild Horse Oversight Act
The Wild Horse Oversight Act of 2014 would preserve all protections under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, and simply allow states to implement horse and burro management plans that address the specific needs of their own state. Read More >
H.R. 4934: Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act
Repeals the arrest and firearm authority granted to Office of Inspectors General in the Homeland Secrurity Act. Prohibits federal agencies, other than those traditionally tasked with enforcing federal law, from purchasing machine guns, grenades, and other weaponry regulated under the National Firearms Act. And directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to write a complete report detailing all federal agencies with specialized units that receive special tactical or military-style training. Read More >
H.R. 4682: Veterans TRICARE Choice Act
This bipartisan bill gives TRICARE-eligible veterans the ability to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA) program. Read More >
H.R. 4256: Endangered Species Improvement Act of 2014
This bill would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973, to require that the federal government count all species dwelling on both public and private lands, in determining species recovery. Read More >
H.R. 3311: PARC Act
Provide Access and Retain Continuity Act, otherwise known as the PARC Act. In the event of future government shutdowns or lapse in appropriations, this bill enables states to fund and continue operating National Parks and other federal facilities or programs that have direct economic impacts on tourism, mining, timber, or general transportation in the state.
H.R. 1422: EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act
Makes changes to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to enhance public participation, improve the process for selecting expert advisors, expand transparency requirements and limit non-scientific policy advice. Read More >
Rep. Chris Stewart 2017 Voting Record
Campaign Contributions (2015-2016)
- Top 5 contribution industries: Oil & Gas, Lobbyists, Retired, Pharmaceuticals/Health Products, Defense Electronics
- Top 5 contributors: Merit Medical Systems, American Health Care Assn, Paul Rogers & Assoc, Keller Investment Properties, Questar Corp
For more campaign contribution info, please check out opensecrets.org.