Birthdate: July 15, 1960
Birth Place: Logan, UT, United States
Residence: Farmington, UT
District: District 2
Chris Stewart was born in Logan, Utah, and now resides in Farmington. He is one of ten children and was raised on a dairy farm in northern Utah's Cache Valley.
Stewart earned a bachelor's in economics from Utah State University before joining the U.S. Air Force. He served 14 years as a helicopter and B-18 bomber pilot, helping set a record in 1995 for the fastest non-stop B-18 flight around the world.
Stewart is an author of more than a half-dozen books, including "Seven Miracles That Saved America" and "A Christmas Bell for Anya," which he co-wrote with his wife.
He is the president and CEO of The Shipley Group, a security and energy consulting firm.
Stewart and his wife, Evie, have six children.
Chris Stewart's first foray into politics was a surprising success as he secured the 2012 Republican nomination for Utah's 2nd District U.S. House seat. He is faces Democrat Jay Seegmiller, a former state lawmaker, in the November general election. Though a newcomer, Stewart is expected to win the race because of the state's traditionally strong support of GOP candidates.
Stewart won the 2012 primary defeating ten other candidates, including a former state House speaker. His nomination was won despite claims from multiple candidates that he orchestrated a last-minute smear campaign, although a subsequent party inquiry showed no proof of wrongdoing by any candidate.
Stewart entered the 2012 race without any previous political experience, although his biography includes leadership positions in the military and business worlds. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years as a pilot of both medical helicopters and B-18 bombers, and afterward became the president and CEO of security and energy consultants The Shipley Group.
Stewart is a conservative Republican who believes in strong military and fiscal restraint. He asks on his website, "Do we have the backbone to make the difficult choices that lie before us? Will our leaders have the courage to speak the truth? Will our citizens demand that their leaders in Washington step back from the edge of bankruptcy and fiscal ruin?"
Stewart also talks on his website about the middle class being "pinched" and says "we have the resources and the wisdom to set our nation back on the path of prosperity and confidence."
Source: Associated Press