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Stewart calls upbringing ‘huge’

September 7, 2013


Washington, D.C., may be a long way from the hills and dales of Weston. The Citizen caught up with former Weston resident Chris Stewart during a recent Congressional recess, where he was visiting with constituents in his far-flung district which includes rural Southern Utah.

Stewart is now a full-time resident of Farmington, UT.


But Stewart, R-Utah, calls his Franklin County upbringing “huge” in terms of helping him deal with the challenges legislators face in the nation’s capital.

“It’s a very different world, working and living in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “I’ll forever be grateful for that Weston upbringing. I grew up in a family of 10 kids. It teaches you a little about how to get along.

“Working on the dairy – there is nothing like that for raising kids. I can ask my kids to mow the lawn, but it’s not the same as giving them the responsibility I had.

“My parents were masters at teaching us kids to love and serve their country, to love and appreciate it. My dad was a former Air Force pilot,” Stewart said, calling the people in Franklin County “good, solid people.

“We spend some time there with my two brothers and their families.”

His brother Rich and his wife Sue, and Bill and his spouse Tina still live there.

The Congressman was born in Franklin County, moving from there after his freshman year at West Side High School, where he still remembers good, strong influences of long-time educator Lyle Henderson and D.A. Nash, as well as other teachers in the district. The family then moved to Smithfield.

“Being a gentleman farmer is a dream of mine that I may do some day. It will happen at some point, but I have some work to do first,” Stewart said.

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