His retirement would decrease the GOP majority in the House to just four seats and open a seat on the Appropriations and Intelligence committees for Republicans.
According to Utah law, the governor is required to call a special election whenever there is a House vacancy. Republican Governor Spencer Cox will have seven days from the time Stewart formally tenders his resignation to schedule a primary and special election.
Except in cases when the state legislature appropriates funding to organise a different election, the law mandates that those dates coincide with the municipal primary and general elections planned for this year.
Although Stewart’s resignation will leave the U.S. House of Representatives with one fewer Republican, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s ability to lead a narrow Republican majority is not anticipated to be impacted.