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Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement announcing the hiring of his new Chief of Staff, Chris Harmer:

"Over the past five years, as I’ve had the opportunity to work with Chris on a number of national security issues, he has become someone I trust and admire. Anytime I needed in depth analysis on conflicts ranging from the Pacific Rim to the Middle East, he's been my go-to guy. I’ve also come to recognize his leadership skills and management abilities. With his deep ties to Utah, distinguished military service, and willingness to shake things up to move things forward, he will be a great Chief of Staff."

Chris Harmer is a former infantryman in the United States Marine Corps and a retired Commander, United States Navy, where he served as a Naval Aviator and a strategic planner. He is a graduate of Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross, Utah, the United States Naval Academy, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to joining Representative Stewart's staff, he was Senior Naval Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization in Washington D.C. He has published numerous articles through ISW and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and is a regularly scheduled guest on multiple television networks.