Ravell Call, Deseret News
Tanner Ainge, a Republican congressional candidate in the 3rd District, is interviewed in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

I enthusiastically endorse Tanner Ainge as our next Congressman for Utah’s 3rd district.

I base this unqualified endorsement on a long career of backing great people to do great things — including starting, backing and serving on the Boards of some 50 Utah companies over the past 2 decades.

As Chairman of the Board of Overseers at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, I regularly interface with political leaders like Paul Ryan, Condi Rice and Mitt Romney where I can evaluate Tanner as heir to a conservative political legacy. As Jetblue’s Chairman, having helped entrepreneurs like Utah’s own David Neeleman build an award-winning airline with thousands of employees in Utah, I see Tanner as a business builder. Having taught at the Stanford Business School for the past quarter century, evaluating the rising stars of the next generation, I see Tanner as among the best. And as Managing Partner of Trammell Crow Company, I had a chance to help build the nation’s largest private real estate development and investment firm with partners who, like Tanner, understand the trade-offs business leaders must make.

From each of these perches, my most important responsibility has been to select extraordinary people — people with talent, character and drive. Tanner Ainge would make my all-star team. He grew up in an entrepreneurial, hard-working home. As an investor, he’s learned how to separate fact from fiction, how to separate what works from what doesn’t work. He’s worked as General Counsel to a public company where he’s seen first-hand the impact of a complex tax code and burdensome Federal regulations. From all of these, he’s gained rigorous and intense training, preparing him uniquely to help businesses — and Utah — achieve goals that benefit all of its citizens.

For too long, we’ve had leaders in Washington, D.C. who don’t seem to get much done. Sending an energetic, fresh face with serious business experience, legal training and grounding in the values that make Utah a rising star in the constellation of states is the right move for Utah’s 3rd district.

Joel Peterson is chairman of the board of overseers at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.