Celeste Maloy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd district
Assumed office
November 28, 2023
Preceded byChris Stewart
Personal details
Born (1981-05-22) May 22, 1981 (age 42)
Cedar City, Utah, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
RelativesCliven Bundy (uncle)
Ammon Bundy (cousin)
EducationSouthern Utah University
Brigham Young University
WebsiteHouse website

Celeste Maloy (born May 22, 1981) is an American attorney and politician who is the U.S. representative for Utah's 2nd congressional district.[1] She previously served as chief legal counsel to U.S. Representative Chris Stewart and as the deputy county attorney for Washington County, Utah. Prior to her legal career, Maloy worked as a conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.[2][3]

Early life and education

Maloy was born in Cedar City, Utah, and raised in Hiko, Nevada in a single-wide trailer with five siblings; her mother sold Avon products, while her father was a volunteer firefighter.[4] Maloy is the niece of Cliven Bundy and cousin of Ammon Bundy, known for their involvement in the 2014 Bundy standoff.[5] She later graduated from Pahranagat Valley High School in Alamo, Nevada. After graduating high school, Maloy attended Southern Utah University, where she earned her degree in agriculture.[6] She earned a Juris Doctor from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2015.[4]


Maloy worked for 11 years as a soil conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Utah.[7][4]

After law school, Maloy worked in Washington County, Utah, as a deputy county attorney, specializing in issues of public land law involving land and water policy.[4] She advocated on behalf of Utah landowners to the United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. She has continued working with issues of land rights and ownership with the Utah Association of Counties and the Washington County Water Conservancy District. Her work as deputy county attorney in Washington County put her in frequent contact with U.S. Representative Chris Stewart, and in 2019, she was hired by Stewart as chief legal counsel for both his district and Washington, D.C. offices.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives


In June 2023, she announced her candidacy for the 2023 Utah's 2nd congressional district special election after Representative Stewart announced his retirement to care for his wife's health issues.[8][9][10] Stewart publicly endorsed Maloy after reports that thirteen Republicans had filed for the contested primary election.[11][12]

On June 24, 2023, Maloy won the Utah Republican nominating convention for the 2nd district in an upset. However, she still had to face a primary election, as two other candidates had gathered enough signatures to make the primary ballot. Maloy won the most votes in a September 6 primary, to win the Republican nomination over former state Representative Becky Edwards.[13] Maloy faced state Senator Kathleen Riebe in the general election on November 21 and won by a comfortable margin.[14] She was sworn in on November 28, 2023.[15]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Maloy and her family are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5]


  1. ^ "SUU to D.C. Legal Counsel - Celeste Maloy ('03)". SUU. Retrieved November 22, 2023.
  2. ^ Applegate, Julie. "County responds to BLM draft resource plans, wants comment extension". Retrieved November 22, 2023.
  3. ^ "BLM releases controversial resource management plans; northern corridor still in question". Retrieved November 22, 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d e Eskow, Nick (November 21, 2023). "Utah district elects Celeste Maloy to succeed Stewart". Roll Call.
  5. ^ a b "Celeste Maloy is Ammon Bundy's cousin. Would that impact her views on public lands in Congress?". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 1, 2023.
  6. ^ Staff, University Journal (March 4, 2018). "Leavitt Center's Public Lands Panel". SUU News. Retrieved November 22, 2023.
  7. ^ "Celeste Maloy: The country girl running for Congress". Deseret News. July 25, 2023. Retrieved November 22, 2023.
  8. ^ Altimari, Daniela (June 14, 2023). "Special elections in Utah, Rhode Island draw a glut of candidates". Roll Call. Retrieved November 22, 2023.
  9. ^ "Several candidates file for Utah's second congressional district special election". KUTV. June 12, 2023.
  10. ^ "Who's in 2nd District race? Field is set for campaign to replace Rep. Chris Stewart". www.ksl.com.
  11. ^ Beal-Cvetko, Bridger. "Chris Stewart endorses chief legal staffer Celeste Maloy to fill his House seat". KSL.
  12. ^ Tomco, Brigham (June 20, 2023). "Rep. Chris Stewart endorses Celeste Maloy to replace him". Deseret News.
  13. ^ Higgins, Sean (September 7, 2023). "Edwards concedes and Celeste Maloy wins Utah's 2nd Congressional Republican primary". KUER. Retrieved November 21, 2023.
  14. ^ Kimball, Spencer (November 22, 2023). "Republican Celeste Maloy wins Utah's 2nd Congressional District". CNBC. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  15. ^ "Rep. Celeste Maloy sworn in as Utah's newest member of Congress". Deseret News. November 29, 2023. Retrieved December 1, 2023.
  16. ^ a b c "Committees and Caucuses". maloy.house.gov. U.S. Representative Celeste Maloy. Retrieved January 25, 2024.