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117th Congress: Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah)

Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) joins Washington Post Live on Thursday, July 15 to discuss the historic drought in his home state and the legislative agenda in Congre (Video: The Washington Post)

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Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) is the chair of the newly launched Conservative Climate Caucus that has over 60 House Republican members. Curtis joins Washington Post Live to discuss the goals of the new group, the historic drought in his home state and the negotiations in Congress over infrastructure.

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Rep. John Curtis explained his goals in forming the Conservative Climate Caucus. “I regret that we’re often as Republicans and conservatives, we’re not at the table talking about this Earth and environmental issues. By us not being at the table, unfortunately it’s allowed us to be branded as not caring about the earth, as somehow not denying the science, and my experience in large part is that’s just not true.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
The Republican from Utah said he doesn’t believe China is serious about reducing emissions despite the country’s announcement to greatly curtail greenhouse gases. "I’m very concerned about what’s happening in China, and I have no reason to have any confidence that they’re serious about reducing carbon… We know for a fact that they’re opening coal producing plants at a breakneck pace ... We cannot be successful at our climate goals without engaging China." (Video: Washington Post Live)
Rep. John Curtis said Trump’s role in bringing the vaccines to market had been minimized. “I think it’s been… wrong to try to take President’s Trump’s success out of getting the vaccine to market… I think that would have gone a long way to those that follow him and follow on his every word.” (Video: Washington Post Live)

Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah)

Provided by Rep. John Curtis.

John R. Curtis proudly represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committees. After being elected to Congress on November 13, 2017, John sponsored 12 bills in his first year in office. Four of these bills passed through the House and three were signed into law: The POPPY Study Act to combat the opioid crisis, the Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking Act, and the Small Business ACE Act.

The Congressman cares deeply about hearing the diverse perspectives and feedback from his constituents: he has held hundreds of town halls. Utah’s third district is the youngest in the country, with an average age of 26 years old. John is also sensitive to the many constituents that live in rural Utah, and has focused on legislation that can fit needs of both demographics such as student loans, rural broadband access, and more.

John has been committed to helping Utah’s growing tech scene flourish, and was recognized by Silicon Slopes as their first Community Hero Award recipient. Other personal awards comprise of Civic Innovator of the Year by Utah Valley University, Thayne Robson Award for Leadership in Economic Development, and Outstanding Citizen Award from the Office of Civic Engagement Leadership by Brigham Young University.

Prior to coming to Washington, John was the 45th mayor of Provo City, serving two terms. Known for his personal approach to city government, Mayor Curtis prioritized his outreach to residents of Provo by utilizing various channels including his popular blog. He was named the #1 Top Elected Official on Social Media 2015 by the Government Social Media group and has been recognized by Forbes for his commitment to citizen engagement. Curtis was re-elected for a second four-year term as mayor in 2013 with 86.49% of the vote. As mayor, he averaged an approval rating of 93%.

During his terms in office, the city of Provo ranked #1 in the nation for Business and Careers by Forbes as well as #1 for Well-Being by Gallup. Other recent awards include national recognition for the quality of life, family environment, a booming tech and entrepreneur culture and a successful revitalization of downtown. With the help of the City Council, employees, and residents, Mayor Curtis’ administration brought Google Fiber to Provo, regularly scheduled air service at the airport, expanded parks and trails, and completed Provo’s state-of-the-art recreation center.

Before becoming mayor, John was a small business owner in Provo, working with his partners to build their business “Action Target,” where he led sales and operations strategy.

Congressman Curtis and his wife Sue have six children and seven grandchildren. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and almost certainly has more socks than you