Rep. Chris Stewart being looked at as possible head of Air Force

In this file photo, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the official opening of Dixie State University's Institute of Politics and Public Affairs, St. George, Utah, Oct. 26, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Rep. Chris Stewart is being considered for the position of Secretary of the Air Force by the incoming presidential administration, according to media reports Friday.

“I’m honored to even be considered,” Stewart said in a statement sent to St. George News Friday evening.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday that Stewart is among those being looked at by President-elect Donald Trump to be the civilian head of the Air Force.

The Secretary of the Air Force works under the Secretary of Defense and oversees the Air Force’s active duty personnel, as well as those serving in the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. The branch’s civilian personnel also fall under the secretary’s umbrella.

Stewart is slated to start his third term in Congress representing Utah’s 2nd Congressional District and is an Air Force veteran. He retired with the rank of major and piloted the B-1B bomber and rescue helicopters during his 14 years with the military. He holds three speed records, including the world’s record for fastest nonstop flight around the world.

A potential appointment will cause a vacancy in Utah’s congressional delegation and will trigger the Governor’s Office to call for a special election in order to fill the position. An interim representative may be appointed to fill the position until the spot is filled via the special election.

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  • .... December 24, 2016 at 9:14 am

    This would be a wonderful decision and I’m sure this will result in a positive reaction from the community and I would like to thank all those involved in making this possible

  • Not_So_Much December 24, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I hope he gets it. Then I’d like the voters to get fully informed on their choice of a replacement in the special election and not simply vote for the appointed individual without knowing about them.

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