Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
FILE - Republican John Curtis gives his victory speech at an election night party at the Marriott Hotel in Provo on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Curtis won the special election to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat.

SALT LAKE CITY — The newest member of the state's congressional delegation, Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, will serve on both the House Foreign Affairs and the Small Business committees.

"These assignments are a tremendous opportunity for me to serve the people of the 3rd Congressional District, and I'm ready to get to work for them," Curtis said in a statement Wednesday.

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He said the assignments will help him promote economic growth throughout the state, including rural counties, as well as "a robust and sensible foreign policy" that deals with the threats facing the country from North Korea and other countries.

Curtis was elected by 3rd District voters in November to fill the remaining year of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz's term. Chaffetz, a Republican, resigned June 30 and is now a Fox News contributor.

Utah's 3rd Congressional District includes portions of Salt Lake and Utah counties, as well as Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan and Wasatch counties. Curtis will be up for re-election in 2018.