Rep. Stewart will not attend Biden's inauguration due to COVID-19 exposure, symptoms

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Rep. Chris Stewart canceled his plans to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden after he was exposed to COVID-19 and began experiencing symptoms, his office confirmed Tuesday evening.

According to Stewart's staff, he was exposed to the virus and began experiencing symptoms the day of his flight to Washington D.C.

In a statement to KSL, Stewart's spokesperson Madison Shupe said that he had "every intention of attending President-elect Biden's inauguration as he wished to show unity as we peacefully transition power."

The statement also said that Stewart wishes the "new Administration well as they begin their service to our great nation."

Utah lawmakers who have tested positive for COVID-19 include Sen. Mike Lee and former Rep. Ben McAdams.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.

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Ashley Fredde covers human services and women's issues for She also enjoys reporting on arts, culture and entertainment news. She's a graduate of the University of Arizona.


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