The Republicans who represent Utah’s 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts easily won their party’s nominations at Saturday’s state convention.
Congressman Rob Bishop is running for a seventh term. He says his ambition is to stay there.
“I have never seriously wanted to be a U.S. Senator," Bishop told convention delegates. Because I am committed to the House. I am invested in the House. I want to be effective in the House. The only problem is, that means every two years I have to come and ask you for your vote again.”
Bishop could become chair of the Natural Resources Committee if Republicans maintain control of the House.
Congressman Chris Stewart, who represents the 2nd District, also pointed to his committee assignments as he seeks a second term.
“Three months into office," Stewart said, "I was asked to chair a subcommittee. Less than a year into office, I was asked to move over to the very powerful appropriations committee. I told you that I would be a leader and I have proven that I can lead.”
Stewart won the nomination with 67-percent of the vote. Larry Meyers was his strongest opponent with 21-percent. Bishop received more than 80-percent of the delegate votes to defeat his only challenger, David Chiu.