When he came to Congress in 2008, he met a lawmaker who was not sold on the promise of technology as a productivity tool. That member grudgingly acquired a single BlackBerry for staffers to share. Although things have improved since then, Chaffetz is still ahead of most of his peers.
“Technology as a whole is still foreign to most of my colleagues,” he said. As a leading opponent of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, he’s credited with helping members understand how the legislation would alter the government’s relationship with the Internet. He recalls warning lawmakers, “If you don’t know what DNS redirect is, you shouldn’t vote on this issue.”