(UnitedVoice.com) – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) is a family man. He grew up as one of 10 children, married his wife Evie, and went on to have six children with her. Now, he’s leaving Congress to care for the woman he loves.
On May 31, Stewart announced he would be resigning from Congress because of health concerns his wife is dealing with right now. He said that serving in the House of Representatives has been “one of the great honors of” his life. He also said he’s confident that he was “an effective leader” during his time in office and “played an important role in guiding our nation through some troubled times.”
Stewart didn’t reveal what health problems his wife is grappling with but said his family was “blessed” by his experience in government. He thanked everyone who supported him and said, “The fight goes on.”
Before Stewart made his announcement, voters in his district expressed shock at his resignation. However, others were happy that they would have new representation soon. The congressman has served in his position for the last decade.
Stewart serves on the Judiciary Committee’s Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, the House Intelligence Committee, and the Appropriations Committee. Before working in the federal government, the Air Force pilot was an author and owned a small business.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said he spoke to the congressman on May 30 and learned of his decision. He said Stewart and his family have all made sacrifices while he’s been in government, but “at this moment right now his spouse needs him,” and that’s why he’s leaving Capitol Hill.
The congressman did not say when he intends to leave Congress. Once he makes that decision, Governor Spencer Cox (R) will have seven days to issue a proclamation calling for a special election to replace the congressman. The primary for the race and general election will take place on the same days as the municipal primaries and general.
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