Trump considering Rep. Chris Stewart for head of Air Force

Trump considering Rep. Chris Stewart for head of Air Force

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SALT LAKE CITY — President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering Utah Rep. Chris Stewart as secretary of the Air Force, according to reports from various media outlets.

"I'm honored to even be considered," Stewart said in a statement to KSL.

Stewart is a former Air Force pilot and holds three world speed records. He currently serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

The secretary of the Air Force serves as the head of the Department of the Air Force within the Department of Defense and reports to the secretary of defense. The current Air Force secretary is Deborah Lee James. Trump nominated retired Marine four-star Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense in early December.

Other Utahns being considered for positions in the Trump administration include former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. as ambassador to Japan. Mitt Romney and Huntsman were both considered for secretary of state.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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