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Former Provo Mayor John Curtis Begins First Week In Congress

Curtis is introduced to his new colleagues in the House of Representatives.

Utah’s newly elected Republican Congressman, John Curtis, has begun his first week in Washington D.C. representing the 3rd District. So far, he says it's already been a busy few days.

"Well I was sworn in [Monday] night and I had to immediately take a vote," says Curtis.


Fortunately for him, it wasn’t a bill that required much homework.


“It was a fiscal responsibility bill," Curtis says, "It passed with a unanimous vote on both sides, it was a nice bipartisan bill so it was not a hard decision for me.”


Aside from time in the House chamber, Curtis also attended tax reform meetings this morning, which he says is a top priority for Republicans this year.


Looking forward, Curtis is anxious to start work on issues important to Utahns in his district. Primarily the ongoing debate about federal lands and national monuments like Bears Ears.


Curtis is filling the seat left vacant by Jason Chaffetz who left Congress unexpectedly in June - less than a year after being re-elected - to pursue a job with Fox News.

Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear.
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