Chris Stewart, a native of Weston, is being considered for the position of secretary of the Air Force by President-elect Donald Trump, according to the Deseret News.
Stewart is beginning his third term as Utah’s 2nd Congressional District representative and serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. In a statement to the Deseret News, Stewart stated, “I’m honored to even be considered.”
Stewart should know later this week whether he will be appointed.
Stewart was born in Logan, Utah, in 1960 and raised on his family’s farm in Weston, which is owned today by his brother, Boyd Stewart. Chris was in high school when his family moved back to Cache County.
After serving an LDS Mission to Texas, he attended Utah State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics. He then joined the Air Force as a pilot, where he served for 14 years and set three world speed records, including the world’s record for fastest non-stop flight around the world, according to his congressional biography.
He returned to Franklin County for a few years in the 1990s, living in the Cub River area. A couple of his children attended Preston High School at that time. In addition to Boyd, another brother, Richard, lives in Franklin County.
“Chris could affect some needed changes,” Boyd said. “The current administration has decimated the military and with his military background and congressional experience, he could make a difference.”
Stewart is also a well-known author of 18 books, including the New York Times bestseller “7 Tipping Points that Saved the World,” the “Great and Terrible” series, and most recently “My Story” with Elizabeth Smart.