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Congressman Chris Stewart announces resignation

May 31, 2023, 10:25 AM | Updated: Jun 12, 2023, 5:01 pm

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart confirmed on Wednesday that he will resign from the U.S. House of Re...

FILE: Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, declares victory in the 2nd Congressional District race on election night in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. At right is his wife, Evie Stewart (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

(Ravell Call, Deseret News)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Utah Congressman Chris Stewart confirmed on Wednesday that he will resign from the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a statement, Stewart said that his resignation comes out of concern for his wife’s health.

“It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve the good people of Utah in Congress,” said Stewart. ” … But my wife’s health concerns have made it necessary that I retire from Congress after an orderly transition can be ensured.”

 

News of Stewart’s announcement was first circulated on Tuesday.

“My wife and I have made so many dear friends and memories throughout our journey,” Stewart’s announcement continued. “I can say with pride that I have been an effective leader for my beloved home state, and I’m honored to have played an important role in guiding our nation through some troubled times.”

Other members of Utah’s congressional delegation responded quickly after Stewart made the official announcement.


 

In a tweet, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes praised Stewart for serving Utah and the U.S. “honorably, passionately, and effectively.”

 

Congressman Stewart’s announcement will trigger a special election, which Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson addressed on Tuesday.


 

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