Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will announce as quickly as Wednesday that he’s resigning from the Home as a consequence of ongoing, undisclosed well being points together with his spouse, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday. Stewart, 62, plans to go away workplace earlier than the tip of the yr, The Related Press stated, whereas The Washington Put up reported he might resign as quickly as this week. His absence would shrink the GOP’s slender 222-213 majority within the Home if he steps down earlier than Utah holds a particular election to interchange him.
Gov. Spencer Cox (R) will set the timeline for the particular election after Stewart formally publicizes his resignation. Stewart has represented Utah’s sprawling 2nd Congressional District since 2013. His departure would additionally go away vacancies on the Home Appropriations Committee and Home Intelligence Committee. Stewart was stated to be contemplating difficult Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the Tribune reported, and his resignation “will possible scramble that calculation.”
Utah’s total congressional delegation is Republican, and Stewart’s 2nd District is anticipated to remain in GOP fingers. He received reelection in 2022 by greater than 25 share factors over a Democratic challenger. Earlier than his 2012 election, Stewart was a pilot within the Air Drive for 14 years, and he holds three world pace data, together with quickest nonstop flight all over the world.