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Freshman Year: Chaffetz

Why I sleep soundly in my cot

Some say seniority is everything in Washington. And I have none. In 2008, I asked the voters of Utah to trade in 12 years of seniority to take a chance on someone new. It was a hard sell.

updated Thu Feb 18 2010 08:43:58

Why I sleep soundly in my cot

Some say seniority is everything in Washington. And I have none. In 2008, I asked the voters of Utah to trade in 12 years of seniority to take a chance on someone new. It was a hard sell.

updated Thu Nov 19 2009 07:09:18

Getting only minutes to make our case

A year ago this week I packed up my cot and flew to Washington for freshman orientation. It was my first chance to meet fellow members of the freshman class. It's a fascinating experience to realize that someone in the class could potentially be a future speaker of the House, while someone else may serve two years and never come back.

updated Thu Oct 29 2009 13:22:45

Freshman rep: Social media is 21st century route to victory

At the House Republican strategy session in January, I stood before the Republican Conference and said, "I am your worst nightmare." It was a figure of speech, of course, but my point was that our campaign helped change the political equation for winning elections.

updated Thu Oct 15 2009 10:15:28

Commentary: Rep's wife says she keeps a sense of humor

In reality, there's a lot more to serving in Congress than simply voting on the House floor. There are plenty of tasks -- technically optional -- that are essential for someone who wants to do this job well.

updated Thu Sep 24 2009 09:07:36

Commentary: Health care debate turns nasty

Amid charges of incivility, lying and even racism, the health care debate has gotten nasty. Although many Americans voted for this president, they seem to have doubts about his health care ideas.

updated Thu Sep 10 2009 13:42:36

Commentary: Let states take lead on health care

Fundamentally at its core, I simply disagree with the president.

updated Thu Aug 06 2009 08:01:17

Commentary: Key to Congress is teamwork

As a candidate for Congress two years ago, I spent my summer on the phone.

updated Thu Jul 23 2009 08:42:45

Commentary: Don't pass bills you don't read

This July brought a very pleasant first experience -- my first Fourth of July holiday as a member of Congress.

updated Thu Jun 25 2009 08:22:39

Commentary: Just say 'no' to wasted spending

If you ask each of the 435 members of the House of Representatives whether they believe in cutting government waste, I'm willing to bet they'll all say yes.

updated Thu Jun 11 2009 08:09:07

Commentary: Don't let politics get personal

I knew when I ran for Congress that fighting would be part of the job description. I came here to fight for what I believe in, to fight to be heard and to fight for the interests of the people I serve. The problem is, so did everyone else.

updated Tue May 19 2009 10:44:12

Commentary: Whole-body imaging invades privacy

As a freshman in the minority party, I have to work hard and work smart if I want to get legislation passed. I'm in the very familiar position of having the odds stacked against me.

updated Tue Apr 28 2009 11:22:10

Commentary: A week with the heroes

I spent a week during the congressional recess in the presence of true heroes -- men and women serving in our armed forces who live in the war zone, fight the enemy, risk their lives and depend on our support.

updated Tue Apr 14 2009 09:44:51

Commentary: GOP wants a census we can count on

On April 1, I got ambushed by Democrats. Upon returning from the House floor, I found that my living quarters in my office had been sabotaged by staffers of Rep. Jared Polis.

updated Tue Mar 31 2009 09:19:26

Commentary: Why we shouldn't use tax law as a weapon

I came to Washington, DC, for one reason -- to represent Utah to Washington. When I'm in our nation's capital, I am a voice for the people of Utah. But when I come home, it's their voices I want to hear. I want to be there to listen to frustrations, but also to celebrate successes.

updated Thu Mar 19 2009 15:25:17

Commentary: We can't keep running the U.S. on a credit card

The United States Congress inhabits a very different world than the one I came from.

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