Jason Chaffetz

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U.S. Representative

Jason Chaffetz (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House Committee on the Judiciary
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for UT-03

Confirmed: Soren Simonsen, Jason Chaffetz
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for UT-03)
On the Web
Official website

Jason Chaffetz has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 3rd district of the State of Utah, since 2009.


Positions, record and controversies

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Chaffetz supports making abortions illegal except for circumstances when the woman is endangered. [1]


Chaffetz supports slightly increased defense, homeland security, and federal law enforcement spending. He supports maintaining current spending levels for the environment, FEMA, state law enforcement, medical research, national parks, public health services, scientific research, welfare, and transportation and highway infrastructure. He also supports decreased spending for agriculture, arts, international aid, space exploration programs and the elimination of spending towards the United Nations. [1]


Chaffetz supports maintaining the Bush tax cuts but calls for driving down spending to be in line with revenue. He supports the elimination of the capital gains taxes, corporate taxes, inhertiance taxes. He supports maintaining the current taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and gasoline.[1]

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Chaffetz supports increasing the the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns and also removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties. He supports allowing unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.[1]

Education Issues

Chaffetz supports allowing parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public, private, or religious school. He would support tax incentives to help families save for college and would seek to eliminate federal education standards and testing such as the No Child Left Behind Act.[1]


Chaffetz supports reducing government regulation of the private sector and would encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduleing, comp-time and unpaid leave for family emergencies.[1]

Environment and Energy

Chaffetz supports increased development of traditional energy sources such as coal, oil, gas as well as alternative fuels including nuclear reactors. He is in favor of  strengthening emissions controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines. He supports domestic oil exploration in areas currently off-limits.[1]


He supports expanding eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts and tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage. He believes that providing healthcare is not the responsibility of the federal government. [1]


Chaffetz believes illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship. He does support temporary worker programs and harsher financial punishments to those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants. He also supports making English the official national language.[1]

International Policy

While Chaffetz supports the United States granting aid to countries in cases of disaster, threat to civilian lives, or when it is in the security interests of the United States, he believes U.S. aid should be scaled back and eventually eliminated. In regards to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, he supports U.S. leadership in the process and the creation of a Palestinian state. He does not support financial aid but does believe in military support for Afghanistan. He is willing go consider sanctions against North Korea (nuclear), China (economic) and Iran (nuclear) if the situation warranted such action. He also believes the U.S. should be involved in bringing an end to violence in Darfur, Congo and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.[1]

Iraq War

According to Project Vote Smart, Caffetz said, "Withdrawing troops from Iraq is right, but at the right time. I do not support a random timetable."[1]

National Security

Chaffetz said he does not support greater discretion for law enforcement agencies to monitor domestic communications to prevent future terrorist attacks. He also does not support a federal identification card system. He supports holding foreign states accountable for terrorists operating in their countries and is also willing to use preemptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to the United States' national security. He supports the expansion of a missile defense shield. [1]

Social Issues

Chaffetz does not support same-sex couples marrying and would support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He does not support federal funding of stem cell research on new or existing stem cell lines. He believes the federal government should not continue affirmative action programs. He believes in abolishing all federal welfare programs but supports the continuation of giving states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants. [1]


Chaffetz was born March 26, 1967, in Los Gatos, Calif. He graduated from Brigham Young University, and he is currently sole owner of Maxtera Utah, Inc., a corporate communications and marketing company. He also has worked as Gov. John Huntsman's chief of staff. He and his wife, Julie, have three children.[2][3]

2008 elections

Chaffetz became the Republican nominee after defeating incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) in primary elections which took place on June 24, 2008. [4] He went on to defeat Democratic nominee Bennion L. Spencer in the November 2008 general election.[5]

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Cancer Treatment Centers of America$ 25,600
Merit Medical Systems$ 15,000
Best Buy$ 12,600
Home Depot$ 12,500
Clarke Capital Partners$ 10,400
Nu Skin Enterprises$ 10,400
Oracle Corp$ 10,240
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$ 10,000
Northrop Grumman$ 10,000
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Jason Chaffetz
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations



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DC office
  • 1032 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-7751 Fax: 202-225-5629
    Webform email
District offices
  • 51 S University Ave Suite #319, Provo, UT 84601
    Ph: 801-851-2500 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Campaign Contact Information

Friends of Jason Chaffetz
175 S. West Temple #650
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Jennifer Scott
Campaign Manager


Jason Chaffetz posts on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jasoninthehouse/

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See also


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Project Vote Smart Political Courage Test
  2. Meet Jason page on campaign website
  3. "Jason Chaffetz," Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  4. Michael Teitelbaum, " Utah GOP Rep. Cannon Defeated in Primary", CQ Politics, June 25, 2008
  5. "Utah 2008 General Election", TheGreenPapers.com, November 4, 2008

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