Republicans have elected Rep. Elise Stefanik to the Number Three leadership post to replace Rep. Liz Cheney. Members of the GOP caucus voted to replace Cheney after she opposed efforts to support President Donald trump in the wake of the 2020 presidential election and concerns about fraud and other election security issues.
The final vote count in the secret ballot was 134-46, with pro-life conservative Rep. Chip Roy receiving the 46 votes.
While Cheney has a 100% pro-life voting record as a representative of the state of Wyoming, Stefanik has just under a 100% pro-life voting record — as she voted with abortion advocates on the Equality Act, which pro-abortion radicals could use to create a so-called “right” to abortion. Roy also has a 100% pro-life voting record.
At a news conference afterward, Stefanik said she wanted to thank President Donald Trump for his support and said the American people are “suffering” from what she called the “socialist, radical” policies of President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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Stefanik was elected behind closed doors Friday morning by a slew of GOP lawmakers representing the full breadth of the Republican spectrum: moderate Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., who voted to impeach Trump, freshman Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, who Stefanik recruited and supported during her run for office, and Trump loyalist Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa.
“Republicans have a strong agenda for this country… We as a conference have a very important story to tell,” Hinson said in remarks obtained by ABC News. “Elise is the right person to unify us so that we can best tell it to the American people. Let’s unite behind Elise and unite behind a goal I know we all share—taking back the House in 2022.”
Roy put together a last-minute campaign and could have secured more votes had he had more time and had Stefanik not been a virtual lock for the position for weeks.
“I am always going to try to be a voice for advancing the policies that I think are right and to try to make sure that we’re representing the people, but we’ll all be united,” Roy said. “It’s pretty easy to unite against the radical agenda of the current administration. I mean, we’re seeing it play out right now in terms of energy prices. gas lines, people who don’t have jobs because we’re paying people not to work. There’s businesses they want to hire them. So, we’re gonna be united doing that.”
Earlier this year, Harvard Institute of Politics removed Stefanik from its Senior Advisory Committee over her claims of voter fraud.
Stefanik, who was a staffer with the presidential campaign of pro-life Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, romped to a 22-point victory over Democratic challenger Aaron Woolf in New York’s 21st congressional district
“I didn’t think I was ever going to run for office,” Stefanik told Business Insider. “But I was disappointed in the 2012 elections. I think we need new candidates who are able to talk about a positive vision to getting our economy moving again. Specifically in upstate New York, where young people are leaving in historic numbers for lack of jobs.”
She added: “We need new, fresh candidates. We need candidates who are able to reach out to young voters, women voters. I don’t look like a normal congressional candidate.”
Majorire Dannenfelser said before her election that SBA List says was looking forward to working with Stefanik in Washington.
“The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund is proud to endorse such a principled and articulate pro-life leader in Elise Stefanik. We look forward to seeing Elise succeed in this historically pro-life district so that she may serve as a voice for women, unborn children, and pro-life taxpayers in Washington,” said SBA List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Her energy, experience, and passion for promoting the dignity of each human life will make Elise an excellent addition to the House Pro-life Women’s Caucus.”
“I’m proud to have the endorsement of the Susan B. Anthony List. As the only pro-life candidate in this race to also be endorsed by the GOP county committees, I will continue to be a strong advocate for women, and to fight for those who do not yet have a voice,” stated Elise Stefanik.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Stefanik is a graduate of Harvard University. Stefanik served as Policy Director of the 2012 Republican National Committee Platform and as the director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Congressman Paul Ryan in 2012. She returned to New York and works in North Country sales, marketing and management at her family’s plywood products business.