U.S. English, Inc. today recognized Jason Chaffetz, a candidate for the Utah’s Third Congressional District, for pledging to support official English legislation. To date, Chaffetz has been the only candidate in the district to indicate that he would “sponsor legislation to make English the official language of the United States government” if elected to Congress.

Chaffetz is currently vying for the seat held by Rep. Chris Cannon. Though 147 members of Congress have co-sponsored H.R. 997, legislation to make English the official language of the United States, Cannon has yet to answer the majority of Americans who support the English Language Unity Act.

“Jason Chaffetz has demonstrated that he is willing to bring Americans together through the common language of English rather than trying to separate them along language lines,” said Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman of U.S. English, Inc. “Mr. Chaffetz’s pledge to support English as the official language is a vow to work with the people of Utah on meaningful public policy changes that promote assimilation and English learning.”

The primary election is scheduled for June 24.

U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. ( www.usenglish.org ) now has more than 2 million members.