Jason Chaffetz
American politician
Jason Chaffetz
Jason E. Chaffetz is the U.S. Representative for, first elected in 2008. He is a member of the Republican Party.
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Why Is Jason Chaffetz So Obsessed with Rosie O'Donnell?
Huffington Post - 10 days
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Chaffetz: Trump should share his evidence
CNN - 13 days
Rep. Jason Chaffetz tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the Trump administration has not provided any evidence to him or the House Oversight Committee that former President Obama ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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White House intruder was on grounds 15 minutes before arrest: CNN - Reuters
Google News - 13 days
Reuters White House intruder was on grounds 15 minutes before arrest: CNN Reuters Flowers protrude from the snow as a woman stops to gaze out at the White House from Lafayette Park in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque. WASHINGTON A man who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property's ... Secret Service: White House fence jumper evaded arrest for 16 minutesPolitico White House fence jumper may have gone undetected for 15 minutesFox News Jason Chaffetz: Intruder 'Rattled the Door Handle' of White HouseNewsmax Huffington Post -NBC4 Washington -Local 10 -New York Daily News all 47 news articles »
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Top Election Officials Have No Idea What Trump Is Planning To Do In His Voter Fraud Investigation
Huffington Post - 15 days
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No Health Insurance Is Hard. No Phone? Unthinkable.
NYTimes - 19 days
Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah suggested that Americans should invest in health care rather than “getting that new iPhone.” His constituents had something to say about that.
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Ethics Office Says Conway Should Have Been Disciplined For Plugging Trump Products
Huffington Post - 21 days
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Chaffetz subpoenas ATF agents who skipped hearing on death of ICE officer
Fox News - 21 days
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz issued subpoenas Thursday to two ATF agents after they failed to show at a hearing examining the 2011 murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata.
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Americans Want Chaffetz To Get Them Health Care That Costs Less Than An iPhone
Huffington Post - 23 days
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No evidence "thus far" of Trump's wiretap claim: Chaffetz
Reuters.com - 24 days
Rep. Jason Chaffetz who heads a House oversight panel, says he has seen no direct evidence "thus far" to back U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had him wiretapped. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Chaffetz on Sessions: "I think he should clarify"
Reuters.com - 28 days
Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said on Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should "clarify his testimony" about his contacts with Russian officials during the Trump presidential campaign. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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How Opponents Sank A GOP Bill To Sell Off Federal Land — And What They Learned
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Rep. Chaffetz Says Town Hall Protesters 'Intimidate And Bully People'
NPR - about 1 month
Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks with Steve Inskeep about why he has declined to investigate President Trump's conflicts of interest and responds to his raucous reception at a town hall. (Image credit: Rick Bowmer/AP)
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This GOP Lawmaker Just Spent 90 Minutes Getting Yelled At By Constituents
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jason Chaffetz
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In a September 2015 hearing, Chaffetz questioned Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Richards on her salary, and displayed a chart he claimed was taken from Planned Parenthood's annual report, but sources confirm the claim the chart was actually taken from Americans United for Life chart data that was deliberately manipulated using questionable dual-axis charting methodologies.
    More Details Hide Details Experts in data presentation said this was an egregious example of using a chart to mislead.
    In February 2015, Chaffetz threatened Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel Bowser with possible jail time if she implemented Initiative 71.
    More Details Hide Details The ballot initiative would legalize small amounts of cannabis in the district and was approved by about 64.87 percent of the voters in 2014.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    Chaffetz has been vocal against the White House and State Department's handling of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US Consulate compound in Benghazi.
    More Details Hide Details The Administration first stated the attacks were sparked by a spontaneous protest, then later stated the violence was a planned terrorist attack. He criticized United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice's initial comments calling them "somewhere between an outrageous lie and total falsehood." Chaffetz has been criticized for politicizing the Benghazi incident, acknowledging in an interview with CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien that he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security" and that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010. "Absolutely," he said. "Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country." Chaffetz pledged to vote against what he calls "trivial resolutions," including those dealing with sports, such as congratulating the winning team of the Super Bowl. Chaffetz feels that the House could be taking up more important legislation.
    In early 2012 Chaffetz worked as a representative of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign during primary season, shadowing the campaign of rival GOP candidate Newt Gingrich to offer rebuttals to reporters following Gingrich speeches. "I'm just trying to offer a little perspective," said Chaffetz at one of Gingrich's Florida stops.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    In January 2010, Chaffetz was called upon to question President Obama at a meeting of the Republican Party Conference.
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  • 2009
    Age 41
    TSA's November 2009 report following their internal investigation primarily supported the Chaffetz version of the story.
    More Details Hide Details The union representing some of the officers said at the time that agents followed proper procedure and that an officer who had recently returned from military service in Iraq had not even recognized Chaffetz. Chaffetz criticized the surge of 30,000 troops President Obama authorized for the war in Afghanistan, saying that the United States does not have a clear policy or exit strategy.
    In December 2009, Chaffetz championed legislation to limit the use of full-body imaging scanners at airports unless a metal detector first indicated a need for more screening.
    More Details Hide Details The images have come under intense scrutiny from privacy groups for allegedly letting security administrators view images of undressed passengers. Chaffetz and TSA have had a rocky relationship since he joined Congress. In his freshman year, in what critics have described as political grandstanding, he accused Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at his hometown airport in Salt Lake City of unfairly targeting him to pass through a full-body scanning machine—a device Chaffetz believes is invasive. The Republican lawmaker said he believed he was targeted partially for his opposition to granting TSA screeners collective bargaining rights. A FOIA request by the Deseret News for video of the incident showed it to be a "tame and rather civilized exchange between the two."
    In November 2009 Chaffetz co-sponsored a bill in the House with Rep.
    More Details Hide Details Jim Matheson to block the importation of foreign nuclear waste into the United States, putting him directly at odds with Rep. Rob Bishop and Utah senators Bennett and Hatch, who had historically supported importing foreign nuclear waste into Utah with restrictions.
    Upon hearing that Barack Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, 2009, Chaffetz said he had "lost all respect for the award", saying "it used to be one of distinction, but now it is hard to give it any credibility".
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    Chaffetz appeared on the "Better Know A District" segment of The Colbert Report on January 6, 2009, where he was defeated by Stephen Colbert in leg wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2011, Chaffetz sponsored HR 2560, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. HR 2560 capped FY 2012 discretionary appropriations at $1.019 trillion, which was $31 billion below FY 2011 discretionary spending, and provided $126.5 billion for war spending. HR 2560 imposed a cap of $681 billion on "other" mandatory spending. Excluded from the $681 billion cap were Social Security, Medicare, veterans programs, and interest payments. HR 2560 gradually reduced federal government spending as a percent of gross domestic product from 24.1% in 2011 to 21.7% in 2013 and 19.9% in 2021. HR 2560 also allowed for an increase in the debt ceiling of $2.4 trillion, as requested by President Obama, conditioned upon approval by both Houses of Congress of a qualifying Balanced Budget Amendment which would then be sent to the states for approval. HR 2560 passed the House of Representatives but was rejected by the Senate.
    Chaffetz announced at the start of the congressional term, in 2009, that he would be sleeping on a cot in his office, rather than renting a Washington, D.C., apartment.
    More Details Hide Details Chaffetz said, "I'm trying to live the example that it doesn't take big dollars in order to get where we want to go. I can save my family $1,500 a month by sleeping on a cot in my office as opposed to getting a fancy place that's maybe a little bit more comfortable." His family will continue to live in Alpine. "We are now $10 trillion in debt. $10 trillion. Those are expenses that have to be paid at some point", he said. If he can tighten his belt in these tough economic times, Chaffetz said, Congress should be able to as well.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    Chaffetz faced Democrat Bennion Spencer in the 2008 general election, along with Jim Noorlander of the Constitution Party.
    More Details Hide Details Chaffetz's firm position against asking for earmarks created some controversy during the general election campaign. Chaffetz said, "Until there's reform, I will not ask for them. They're a cancer within the system and I want to extract them." Ultimately, Chaffetz won election with 66% of the vote. However, he had effectively clinched a seat in Congress when he won the Republican nomination. The 3rd is one of the most Republican districts in the nation; in 2008 it had a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+26. Chaffetz defeated Democratic nominee Karen Hyer and all third-party candidates, garnering 72% of the vote. The Salt Lake Tribune, often critical of Chaffetz, endorsed him in the race, writing, "U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has delivered as advertised for Utah's 3rd District."
    On June 24, 2008, Chaffetz defeated Cannon by a vote of 60% to 40%.
    More Details Hide Details It was considered an upset victory as Cannon was endorsed by George W. Bush, the state's two U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett, and nearly all of the state Republican establishment. Cannon also outspent Chaffetz by 6 to 1. Cannon's primary defeat spurred worry among Republican incumbents.
    In the primary, polls showed a close race. A Dan Jones poll released on May 22, 2008, showed Cannon leading Chaffetz 39 percent to 37 percent among likely voters.
    More Details Hide Details A subsequent poll released June 21 showed a statistical tie, favoring Cannon 44–40 with a 5.5% margin of error.
    At the May 10, 2008 Utah Republican State Convention, Chaffetz won 59% of the 3rd District's delegates to Leavitt's 41%.
    More Details Hide Details He came a few hundred votes short of tallying 60% of the delegates and winning the nomination without a primary.
    After the nearly 1200 3rd District delegates were elected on March 25, 2008, Chaffetz sent a mailer announcing that he would run a different kind of campaign.
    More Details Hide Details He would have no paid staff, no campaign office, no free meals for delegates, no campaign debt and no polling. He committed to spend between $70 and $80 per delegate, telling voters, "How you run your campaign is indicative of how you're going to be in office." Although Cannon was one of the most conservative members of the House, Chaffetz ran to his right. He said that Cannon "has failed us for not instituting conservative principles", consistently calling for a return to the core conservative principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense. He campaigned on stronger measures to fix legal immigration and remove the incentives for illegal immigration, an issue he continued to press throughout the campaign. The week before the convention, David Leavitt told The Salt Lake Tribune, "if Jason Chaffetz beats me the convention, Chris Cannon will be the congressman. Jason Chaffetz has no resources, no organization."
    A March 2008 Deseret News/KSL TV poll by Dan Jones & Associates released two days before the party caucuses showed Chaffetz with 4% support.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    Nine months later, on October 1, 2007, Chaffetz formally entered the race for the Republican nomination.
    More Details Hide Details That same day, David Leavitt issued a press release announcing his campaign had raised $100,000 to challenge Cannon. Leavitt, brother to popular three-term Utah governor and Bush Administration cabinet member Mike Leavitt, more than doubled Chaffetz in fundraising for that quarter.
    On January 1, 2007, before the 110th Congress was sworn in, Jason Chaffetz announced that he was "testing the waters" for a Congressional run against six-term incumbent, Chris Cannon, for the Republican nomination in this heavily Republican district.
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  • 2006
    Age 38
    In 2006, Chaffetz was appointed by Huntsman as a trustee for Utah Valley State College.
    More Details Hide Details Chaffetz has also served as a member of the Highland City planning commission and as chairman for the Utah National Guard adjutant general review. In November 2014, Chaffetz won a four-way race to become the chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. He was only the fifth Member of Congress in 89 years to become a full chairman after just three terms. He ran on a promise to emphasize reform, telling Politico, "the pitch I made to the steering committee is we really have to triangulate the problem if we're actually going to get to reform. In order to fix the problem long term, we can't just be the highlighter pen. We do a good job highlighting things, but we don't do a great job of fixing things." Chaffetz has reportedly built a strong relationship with his Democratic counterpart on the committee, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD). The two visited one another's districts the summer before Chaffetz became chairman of the committee. Chaffetz's visit to Baltimore was chronicled in the The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The Salt Lake Tribune. When Cummings visited Utah, Chaffetz took him to Moab, where he was briefed on public lands issues before flying back to the State Capitol in Salt Lake City for a meeting with Governor Herbert and a tour of the LDS Church's Welfare Square.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    In November 2005, Chaffetz left that position to manage his own company, Maxtera Utah, a corporate communications and marketing company.
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    Huntsman won the race, and when he took office in January 2005, Chaffetz became Huntsman's chief of staff.
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  • 2004
    Age 36
    In 2004, Chaffetz was the campaign manager for Utah gubernatorial candidate Jon Huntsman.
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  • 2003
    Age 35
    In 2003, Chaffetz applied to be an agent in the United States Secret Service but was not accepted because "better qualified applicants existed."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 22
    Chaffetz became a Republican after meeting Ronald Reagan, in 1990, when Reagan visited Chaffetz's employer, Nu Skin, as a motivational speaker.
    More Details Hide Details However, his political views had been drifting more to the right even while working for Dukakis.
  • 1988
    Age 20
    While a student at BYU, Chaffetz was Utah co-chairman of Dukakis' 1988 presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details After college, Chaffetz worked for about a decade in public relations for a multi-level marketing company, Nu Skin International.
    Chaffetz was educated at Middle Park High School, in Granby, Colorado, followed by Brigham Young University (BYU) on an athletic scholarship, and was the starting placekicker on the BYU football team in 1988 and 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He still holds the BYU individual records for most extra points attempted in a game, most extra points made in a game, and most consecutive extra points made in a game. Chaffetz graduated from the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications in 1989, with a B.A. in communications. While in college, Chaffetz was a Democrat. His father had previously been married to Kitty Dickson, who afterward was married to the later Democratic governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis; Chaffetz's half-brother is former actor John Dukakis. Despite their different political affiliations, Chaffetz remains close to his half-brother and the Dukakis family.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on March 26, 1967.
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