Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
FILE - Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) speaks at a town hall meeting at Richfield High School in Richfield on Friday, May 12, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, has hired Chris Harmer as his new chief of staff.

Harmer is a former infantryman in the Marine Corps and a retired commander in the Navy, where he served as a naval aviator and a strategic planner.

He is a graduate of Woods Cross High School, the United States Naval Academy and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Prior to joining Stewart's staff, he was senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy research organization in Washington D.C.

"Over the past five years, as I’ve had the opportunity to work with Chris on a number of national security issues, he has become someone I trust and admire,” the 2nd District congressman said in a statement. “Anytime I needed in-depth analysis on conflicts ranging from the Pacific Rim to the Middle East, he's been my go-to guy.”

“With his deep ties to Utah, distinguished military service, and willingness to shake things up to move things forward, he will be a great chief of staff."