Chris Cannon

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Chris Cannon currently serves the Third Congressional district of Utah

Christopher Black Cannon, a Republican, has represented the Third Congressional District of Utah in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1997. (map) He lost the 2008 general election to Jason Chaffetz.[1]

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Chris Cannon voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Cannon voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans

Cannon cosponsored The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.[3]

Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

The MeatGate "Scandal"

Cannon is on record as giving a loan between $50,000 to $100,000 to Gary Ruse, President of First National Bank of Nebraska in 1996. A year later, the bank extended a $250,000 line of credit to the Premium Beef of Nebraska company, a kosher beef packing plant in which Cannon was an investor. The plant operated for a little more than a year before closing its doors after the rabbi who oversaw the preparation of the meat died.

As reported by Raw Story, a liberal blog, and based on an "anonymous source" -- the "scandal" quickly died as it was revealed that Ruse had, in fact, made significant payments on the personal loan and that the $250,000 loan to the bank was repaid in full in 2001. Also discrediting the story was the fact that Ruse officially recused himself from the process of approving Cannon's loan.

Aiding his lobbyist brother

In the first eight months of 2006, Cannon’s lobbyist brother, Joseph, asked the congressman for help and received it on three separate occasions. In one instance, Cannon pressed Congress to intervene in a business dispute over an internet contract worth over $1 billion. Cannon acknowledged helping his brother, and declared that he saw nothing wrong with it. He told the Associated Press, “If my wife decided to lobby, then we would probably say, ‘No talking to my office.’ I just don't see my brother in the same category." There are no U.S. Laws prohibiting relatives from engaging in lobbying activities with legislators. [1]

DC voting rights

As part of a compromise agreement in the District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007, Utah would receive an additional House seat in exchange for the District of Columbia gaining a vote for its seat in the House. Much debate focused around whether this seat would be at-large or whether Utah would redistrict to four seats. When the bill came to the House Judiciary Committee in March 2007, Rep. Cannon voted in favor of the measure, but did introduce an amendment that would allow Utah to decide whether to have its new House seat be at-large or undertake a redistricting effort to make a fourth seat. Whether the Bush Administration would support the bill if it passed was unclear. Cannon discussed the bill with Vice-President Dick Cheney in late April when the two traveled together to Brigham Young University, where Cheney was giving the commencement address. According to Cannon, Cheney described Bush administration opposition as being largely confined to the staff level, with some key senior-level staff supporting the bill. Cannon stated, "I can't imagine that the president would veto a bill like this...I think when push comes to shove, the president will sign it." He went to say that while he had previously believed the bill had just a fifty percent chance of becoming law, he now felt it had a seventy percent chance.

Main article: District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007


Cannon was born October 20, 1950 in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended Brigham Young University. From 1980 until 1996 he was a lawyer and business owner. Notable jobs include time as a Ronald Reagan-appointed solicitor for the U. S. Department of the Interior (1983-1986), and time as Utah Republican Party finance chairman (1992-1994). Cannon was elected to Congress in 1996.

Congressional career

In 2000, Cannon co-founded the Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine, which now boasts nearly 130 Members from both major political parties.

In January of 2003, Cannon was elected chairman of the influential Western Caucus[2], an organization of over 50 Congressmen working on resource management issues.

Cannon's district is considered the most Republican in the country. President Bush received 84% of the vote there in 2004.

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Christian Burridge to face Cannon in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Cannon retained his seat.

2008 elections

On June 24, 2008, Cannon became the third House incumbent to lose a primary that year, falling to former gubernatorial aide Jason Chaffetz.[4]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00006349&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Chris Cannon
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)


More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Chris Cannon. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2436 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4403
Phone: 202-225-7751
Fax: 202-225-5629
Email: cannon.ut03 AT
Web Email

District Office- Provo:
51 South University Avenue, Suite 319
Provo, UT 84606
Phone: 801-379-2500
TollFree: 800-571-2971
Fax: 801-379-2509

District Office- West Jordan:
8000 South Redwood Road #332
West Jordan, UT 84088
Phone: 801-569-5125
Fax: 801-569-5126v

District Office- West Valley City:
3600 South Constitution Boulevard
West Valley City, UT 84119
Phone: 801-955-3631
Fax: 801-955-3632

Articles and resources


  1. Aaron Blake, "Cannon ousted in primary,", June 25, 2008.
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  4. Aaron Blake, "Cannon ousted in primary,", June 25, 2008.

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

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Western Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform/Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform/Subcommittee on Information Policy Census and National Archives, House Committee on the Judiciary, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on Courts the Internet and Intellectual Property, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands
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November 5, 1996
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U.S. House of Representatives, Associate Solicitor in the Department of Interior,
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Date of Birth: October 20, 1950