Elise Stefanik NY-21

Elise Stefanik

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Current Position: US Representative of NY District 21 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Other Positions:    Chair, House Republican Conference

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Joe Biden and Dems’ reckless spending policies created the worst inflation crisis since the Great Recession. And their solution is even worse.

Elise Marie Stefanik is chair of the House Republican Conference since 2021. She is the fourth-ranking House Republican. Stefanik’s district covers most of the North Country and the Adirondack Mountains, some of the outer suburbs of Utica and the Capital District in New York. Stefanik was 30 when first elected in the 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in New York (District 21), the youngest woman elected to Congress at the time.

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Elise Stefanik 1Congresswoman Elise Stefanik proudly represents New York’s 21st District in the House of Representatives in her fourth term in office. She is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the Committee on Education and Labor, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. On the Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Stefanik serves as the Ranking Member on the new Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems, and as a member of the subcommittee on Strategic Forces. On the Committee on Education and Labor, she serves on the Higher Education and Workforce Investment, and Workforce Protections.

In May 2021, Congresswoman Stefanik was elected by her colleagues to House Leadership as Chair of the House Republican Conference.

Congresswoman Stefanik was born and raised in Upstate New York. Prior to serving in Congress, she worked at her family’s small business. Her upbringing in a small business family taught her the hard work and perseverance necessary to build, operate and grow small businesses in the North Country. As the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college, Congresswoman Stefanik graduated with Honors from Harvard University.

From 2006 – 2009, Congresswoman Stefanik served in the West Wing of the White House on President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the Office of the Chief of Staff, where she assisted in overseeing the policy development process on all economic and domestic policy issues. Congresswoman Stefanik served as the Director of Vice-Presidential Debate Prep to Paul Ryan, and as the Director of Communications for the Foreign Policy Initiative.

She lives in Schuylerville, New York with her husband, Matt.

Personal

Full Name:  Elise M. Stefanik

Gender:  Female

Family:  Husband: Matt

Birth Date: 07/02/1984

Birth Place: Albany, NY

Home City: Schuylerville, NY

Religion:  Catholic

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Education

AB, Harvard University, 2006

Political Experience

Chair, House Republican Conference, 2023-present

Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 21, 2014-present

Candidate, United States Congress, District 21, 2022

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, New York, District 21, 2018, 2020

Offices

Washington, DC Office
2211 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4611

Glens Falls Office
5 Warren Street, Suite 4
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: (518) 743-0964
Fax: (518) 743-1391

Plattsburgh Office
137 Margaret Street, Suite 100
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 561-2324
Fax: (518) 561-2408

Watertown Office
88 Public Square
Suite A
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 782-3150
Fax: (315) 782-1291

Contact

Email: Government page

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Politics

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Finances

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Committees

n the 118th Congress, Congresswoman Stefanik serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. She also serves as Chair of the House Republican Conference.

Armed Services

On the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Stefanik is the Chief Advocate for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division and strongly advocates for strengthening America’s national defense, supporting Upstate New York and North Country veterans, soldiers, and military families. Congresswoman Stefanik also serves on the Intelligence Special Operations, Strategic Forces, Military Personnel Subcommittees. These subcommittees focus on critical issues that will be essential to securing America’s national security at home and abroad in the years ahead.

Education and the Workforce

On the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congresswoman Stefanik advocates for policies that will improve public education and empower workers, small businesses, teachers, and students alike. She serves on the subcommittees on Higher Education and Workforce Investment and Workforce Protections.

Select Committee on Intelligence

On the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Congresswoman Stefanik oversees and supports the 17 agencies that make up the United States Intelligence Community. HPSCI is one of the most important and coveted committee assignments for Members of Congress. On this Committee, Representative Stefanik is entrusted to support the men and women of the intelligence community, conduct oversight of the nation’s intelligence operations and programs, and safeguard the United States’ most important secrets.

Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government

On the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, Congresswoman Stefanik is working to restore a government accountable to the people and root out corruption and abuse across all facets of the entrenched federal bureaucracy.

Caucuses

  • Northern Border Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Battlefields Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Invasive Species Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Arts Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Community Health Center Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional STEAM Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Army Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Unmanned Systems (UAV)
  • Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus
  • Congressional Military Families Caucus
  • Congressional Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
  • Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
  • House Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Caucus
  • USO Congressional Caucus
  • Servicewomen & Women Veterans Congressional Caucus
  • Great Lakes Task Force (Joint)
  • Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus
  • Rural Health Care Coalition
  • Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
  • Northern Border Security Caucus
  • Congressional Ski and Snowboard Caucus
  • Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
  • House Election Integrity Caucus
  • Congressional Horse Caucus
  • Bipartisan Taskforce to Combat the Heroin Epidemic
  • Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus
  • House Impact Aid Coalition
  • Bureau of Prisons Congressional Caucus
  • Congressional Aluminum Caucus
  • Congressional Animal Protection Caucus
  • Congressional Biomass Caucus
  • House General Aviation Caucus
  • House Republican Israel Caucus
  • House Small Brewers Caucus

New Legislation

You can read about the bills that the House of Representatives will consider each week on the Majority Leader’s website. Learn more about legislation sponsored and co-sponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik, and view the latest votes on Capitol Hill.

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District

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New York’s 21st congressional district is a congressional district for the United States House of Representatives that is represented by Republican Elise Stefanik.

The district is rural and it includes the cities of Ogdensburg, Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, and Watertown. The district includes most of the Adirondack Mountains and the Thousand Islands region. It borders Vermont to the east and Canada to the north. It also includes Fort Drum of the U.S. Army.

Wikipedia

Elise Marie Stefanik (stəˈfɑːnɪk stə-FAH-nick; born July 2, 1984) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for New York’s 21st congressional district. As chair of the House Republican Conference since 2021, she is the fourth-ranking House Republican. Stefanik’s district covers most of the North Country and the Adirondack Mountains, some of the outer suburbs of Utica and the Capital District in New York. In addition to being the first woman to occupy her House seat, Stefanik was 30 when first elected to the House in 2014, making her the youngest woman elected to Congress at the time.

Initially elected as a moderate conservative, Stefanik has moved considerably towards the right, as she aligned herself with the then-President Donald Trump. She strongly opposed the first impeachment of Trump in 2019 amid the Trump–Ukraine scandal and backed Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election, objecting to Pennsylvania‘s electoral votes after Trump supporters were involved in the 2021 United States Capitol attack. As the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack began to investigate, Stefanik claimed that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was responsible for the attack.[1] Stefanik was elected chair of the House Republican Conference in May 2021 after incumbent Liz Cheney was removed due to her opposition to President Trump.

Stefanik gained national attention in December 2023[2] for her intense questioning of university presidents during a widely televised U.S. congressional hearing on antisemitism.[3][2][4] Stefanik’s questioning contributed to the resignation of Liz Magill, the president of the University of Pennsylvania.[5]

Early life and education

Stefanik was born in Albany, New York, on July 2, 1984,[6] to Melanie and Kenneth Stefanik.[7]

Stefanik claims that her father is ethnically Czech and her mother is of Italian ancestry;[8] existing genealogical records show that her father’s family came from the Polish part of Galicia, mainly from the then shtetl[9] of Frysztak.[10][11]

Her parents own Premium Plywood Products, a wholesale plywood distributor based in Guilderland Center, New York.[12]

In October 1998, when she was 14, Stefanik was featured in a Times Union profile about U.S. Senator Al D’Amato. In the article she is quoted saying, “I support the Republican view, especially his”.[13] Stefanik worked in Washington for six years before entering politics. According to Stefanik, she first considered a career in public service and policy in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.[14]

Stefanik graduated from the Albany Academy for Girls and enrolled at Harvard College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 2006.[15][16] She was elected vice president of the Harvard Institute of Politics in 2004.[17] At Harvard, she received an honorable mention for the Women’s Leadership Award, an endowed student award for leadership and contributing toward the advancement of women.[18]

Early career

Stefanik with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office

After graduating from Harvard, she joined the George W. Bush administration,[19] as a staff member for the U.S. Domestic Policy Council.[20] Stefanik later worked in the office of Joshua Bolten, the White House Chief of Staff.[20] In 2009, she founded the blog American Maggie, a platform to promote the views of “conservative and Republican women“, named after British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.[17]

Stefanik helped prepare the Republican platform in 2012, served as director of new media for Tim Pawlenty‘s presidential exploratory committee and worked at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Foreign Policy Initiative.[21] She managed Representative Paul Ryan‘s debate preparation for the 2012 presidential debates.[19][22] After Mitt Romney and Ryan lost the 2012 presidential election, she returned to upstate New York and joined her parents’ business.[22]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2014

Stefanik’s freshman portrait during the 114th Congress

In August 2013, Stefanik declared her candidacy in the 2014 election for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 21st congressional district.[23] The district had been in Republican hands for 100 years, before Democrat Bill Owens was elected to represent it in a 2009 special election.[24] In January 2014, Owens announced that he would not seek reelection.[25] Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party nominee in 2009, endorsed Stefanik.[14]

Stefanik defeated Matt Doheny in the 2014 Republican primary election, 61% to 39%.[26] She faced Aaron Woolf, the Democratic Party nominee, and Matt Funiciello, the Green Party nominee, in the November 4 general election.[19] Stefanik won with 55% of the vote to their 34% and 11%, respectively. At age 30, she became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at the time.[22]

2016

Stefanik ran for reelection in 2016. She became increasingly supportive of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president after he won the 2016 Republican Party presidential primary.[27][28] Stefanik said that Trump’s crude remarks in the Access Hollywood tape were “wrong” but continued to endorse him.[29]

Stefanik faced Democratic nominee Mike Derrick and Green Party nominee Matt Funiciello in the general election.[30][31] She won with 66% of the vote to Derrick’s 29% and Funiciello’s 5%.[32]

2018

In 2017, former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton endorsed Stefanik for reelection, lauding her work on the House Armed Services Committee.[33] Stefanik was reelected with 56% of the vote to Democratic nominee Tedra Cobb’s 42% and Green Party nominee Lynn Kahn’s 1.5%.[34]

2020

Stefanik defeated Tedra Cobb with 59% of the vote to Cobb’s 41%.[35]

2022

Stefanik defeated Matt Castelli, a former CIA officer, with 59.2% of the vote to Castelli’s 40.8%.[36]

Tenure

Stefanik takes the oath of office by House Speaker John Boehner in January 2015

In January 2015, Stefanik was appointed to the House Armed Services Committee.[citation needed] The freshman representatives of the 114th Congress elected her to serve as the freshman representative to the policy committee.[37] In February 2015, she was appointed vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness.[38] She was invited to join the Senior Advisory Committee at the Harvard Institute of Politics shortly after her election.[17] Stefanik was removed from the committee in 2021 following her objection to Pennsylvania‘s electoral votes after the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[39][40][41][42]

On January 11, 2017, Stefanik announced that she had been elected co-chair of the Tuesday Group,[43] “a caucus of … moderate House Republicans from across the country”.[44]

Stefanik led recruitment for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2018 House elections; among 13 Republican women elected to the House, only one was newly elected.[45] In December 2018, Stefanik announced she would leave the NRCC to create a “leadership PAC” dedicated to recruiting Republican women to run for office.[46][47][48] This group, named Elevate PAC (E-PAC), announced in an October 22 press conference that it had partially funded the primary campaigns of 11 Republican women from various states.[49] In the 2020 House elections, 18 of the 30 women endorsed by Stefanik’s E-PAC were elected.[50]

In 2020, Fortune magazine included Stefanik in its “40 Under 40” listing in the “Government and Politics” category.[51]

On May 19, 2021, Stefanik and all other House Republican leaders voted against establishing a January 6 commission to investigate the January 6 United States Capitol attack. 35 Republican House members and all 217 Democrats present voted to establish such a commission.[52]

Committee assignments

Stefanik’s committee assignments include:[53]

Party leadership campaign

In early 2021, after House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney supported Trump’s second impeachment and refuted his claims that the election was stolen from him, some Republicans in Congress who supported Trump called for her removal.[54] Stefanik was seen as a potential replacement for Cheney if the Republican conference decided to oust Cheney from her position, despite Cheney’s more conservative credentials and greater voting record in support of Trump’s policies.[55][56][57] On May 5, Stefanik received the endorsement of Trump and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise to replace Cheney as conference chair.[58] During a May 6 appearance on a podcast hosted by Steve Bannon, Stefanik repeatedly emphasized the need for the Republican Party to work with Trump.[59] Representative Chip Roy challenged Stefanik from the right in a bid to replace Cheney, but was denounced by Trump, who reiterated his endorsement of Stefanik.[60][61] On May 14, Stefanik was elected House Republican Conference chair.[62] After her victory, Stefanik thanked Trump, saying, “President Trump is the leader that [Republican voters] look to”.[63]

A couple of weeks after being elected House Republican Conference chair, Politico reported that Stefanik had been responsible for planting negative stories about Jim Banks, a potential competitor for the job, and his aide Buckley Carlson, Tucker Carlson‘s son. This was met with displeasure by allies of Donald Trump Jr., who made it known to Stefanik that her attacks on Carlson’s son had crossed a line.[64]

After the 2022 elections, Stefanik was reelected as conference chair, defeating Byron Donalds.[65]

2023 hearing on antisemitism

During a 2023 hearing on antisemitism of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Stefanik asked the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania, who had been invited to speak, whether “calling for the genocide of Jewish people” constituted bullying or harassment on their campuses. Their responses, in which they refused to say “yes” or “no”, drew criticism from the public and from a group of Representatives who signed an open letter calling for all three to resign.[66] UPenn president Liz Magill, who was already facing pressure from within the university, resigned the following week. Following the announcement of Magill’s resignation, Stefanik tweeted “One down. Two to go.”[67][3] During the hearing, when the MIT president denied hearing any calls for genocide, Stefanik claimed that chants of “Intifada” (Arabic) are often considered as a “call for the genocide” by the Jewish people.[68] Faculty, students, and alumni of Harvard were divided in their opinions of then-president Claudine Gay, with some calling for her resignation and others expressing continued support.[69][70][71]

Following the congressional hearing, the House committee said it would launch an investigation into the learning environments and disciplinary policies at Harvard, Penn, and MIT over alleged antisemitism on their campuses.[72][73] The hearing was portrayed in the cold open of the December 9 episode of Saturday Night Live, with Chloe Troast playing Stefanik.[74][a] The skit was criticized by conservatives and Jewish groups like the ADL for being complacent with anti-Semitism.[77][78]

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Stefanik was ranked by the Bipartisan Index as the 19th-most bipartisan House member during the first session of the 115th United States Congress in 2019. By the 117th United States Congress of 2021-23 she had fallen to 100th.[83][84][85] The conservative advocacy group Heritage Action had given her a lifetime score of 48% but with the beginning of the 117th Congress in January 2021, gave her an 84% score, compared to an average of 95% among House Republicans during that session.[86] The American Conservative Union gave Stefanik a lifetime rating of 44%.[87] The conservative Club for Growth gave her a lifetime rating of 35%, lower than Squad member Ilhan Omar‘s.[63]

Abortion

Stefanik opposes abortion, but says the Republican Party (GOP) should be more understanding of other positions on the issue.[88][89] She opposes taxpayer funding for abortion, and supports requiring that health insurance plans disclose whether they cover it.[90] In 2019, The National Right to Life Committee, a political action committee (PAC) opposed to legal abortion, gave Stefanik a 71% rating, and NARAL Pro-Choice America, a PAC that supports legal abortion, gave her a 28% rating.[91] She joined her party in supporting H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2017.[92] She also supports legislation that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy with exceptions for rape, incest, or to protect the pregnant woman’s life.[93][94]

COVID-19 vaccine

Stefanik opposes federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private employers. Along with approximately 170 other members of Congress, she signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing that Congress did not give the government authority to impose a vaccine mandate.[95]

Economy

Stefanik voted in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.[96] She opposed the 2013 sequestration cuts to the federal U.S. military budget, citing its effect on Fort Drum just north of Watertown, New York, part of her district.[96]

Stefanik voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, joining five other New York Republican representatives.[97] Her primary reason for voting against the law was its changes to the state and local tax deduction “that so many in our district and across New York rely on”.[98] Stefanik also criticized “Albany’s failed leadership and inability to rein in spending”. She said, “New York is one of the highest taxed states in the country, and families here rely on this important deduction to make ends meet. Failure to maintain SALT (state and local tax deductions) could lead to more families leaving our region.”[99][100]

In March 2021, all House Republicans, including Stefanik, voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.[101]

Donald Trump

An analysis by FiveThirtyEight in early 2017 found Stefanik supporting Trump’s position in 77.7% of House votes from the 115th to the 117th Congress.[102] Stefanik has been described as a Trump loyalist.[103][104]

In May 2021, Stefanik called Trump the “strongest supporter of any president when it comes to standing up for the Constitution.”[105]

First Trump impeachment

Stefanik and President Donald Trump at Fort Drum in August 2018

On September 25, 2019, Stefanik announced that she did not support the impeachment of President Trump.[106] During the November 2019 hearings, in which Congress gathered evidence and heard witness testimony in relation to the impeachment inquiry, Stefanik emerged as a key defender of Trump.[107][108][109] During a November 15 hearing, intelligence committee ranking member Devin Nunes attempted to yield part of his allotted witness questioning time to Stefanik, but was ruled out of order by committee chairman Adam Schiff.[110] Stefanik accused Schiff of “making up the rules as he goes” and of preventing Republican committee members from controlling their time to question witnesses.[110] Nunes and Stefanik were violating the procedural rules that were established by an October House vote, and Schiff cited the rule to them.[107][109][111] The rule Schiff cited authorized only Schiff and Nunes, or their counsels, to ask questions during the first 45 minutes of each party’s questions for witnesses.[110] The incident created a controversy in which Stefanik and others, including Trump, accused Schiff of “gagging” her.[112] The Washington Post and other sources characterized the incident as a “stunt” to portray Schiff as unfair.[113][114][115][116][117]

2020 election fraud conspiracy theories

After Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and Trump refused to concede while making false claims of fraud, Stefanik aided Trump in his efforts to overturn the election results.[118] She also made false claims of fraud, saying among other things that “more than 140,000 votes came from underage, deceased, and otherwise unauthorized voters” in Fulton County, Georgia.[118] She also expressed “concerns” about Dominion Voting Systems, the subject of numerous false right-wing conspiracy theories.[119] In December 2020, Stefanik supported the lawsuit Texas v. Pennsylvania, an attempt to reverse Trump’s loss[120] by petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to reject certified results in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia.[121][122][123] After a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Stefanik condemned the violence but rejected the idea that Trump was at fault.[124][125] She has promoted conspiracy theories about a “stolen election”,[126] and just hours after the “invasion” of the Capitol, she voted against accepting Pennsylvania’s electoral votes in the 2020 election.[127][128][129] Later in January, she expressed opposition to impeaching Trump over his alleged role in inciting the storming of the Capitol.[130] She voted against the second impeachment on January 13.[131]

In December 2020, one month after the 2020 United States presidential election, Stefanik, in an interview with Newsmax, appeared to support Newsmax’s baseless claim that Dominion Voting Systems had helped Joe Biden “steal” the election from Donald Trump. Newsmax had been promoting the theory but later issued a retraction after reaching a legal settlement with Dominion. Stefanik continued to make unsubstantiated claims about election fraud in public statements.[132]

In December 2020, Stefanik joined over 100 GOP House members in an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 election.[133]

She backed Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election, objecting to Pennsylvania‘s electoral votes after Trump supporters were involved in the 2021 United States Capitol attack. As the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack began to investigate, Stefanik said that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was responsible. Stefanik claimed without evidence that Pelosi was “aware of potential security threats to the Capitol and she failed to act”.[1]

Effort to expunge Trump’s impeachments

Stefanik has forwarded the idea of “expunging” both of Trump’s impeachments.

In 2022, Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin introduced resolutions to remove Trump’s first impeachments from the Congressional Record.[134] This received support from Stefanik.[135] On June 22, 2023, Stefanik and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced a pair of resolutions to expunge Trump’s impeachments.[136] The next day, Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy lent his support to the resolutions.[137]

Defense

Stefanik with Defense Secretary Ash Carter in 2015

In a July 2015 Washington Times profile, Jacqueline Klimas noted that Stefanik was the only freshman on that year’s conference committee for the defense policy bill, a position accorded to her “because of her extensive experience in foreign policy—working in the George W. Bush administration, prepping Rep. Paul Ryan for his vice presidential debates, and listening to commanders at Fort Drum in her home district”. Jack Collens, a political science professor at Siena College, told Klimas that Stefanik’s prize committee position signaled that party leaders wanted Stefanik to be part of “the next generation of Republican leaders”.[138]

Environment

Stefanik criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, saying it was “misguided” and “harms the ongoing effort to fight climate change, while also isolating us from our allies”.[139]

In January 2017, Stefanik joined the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, an apparent indication of “a moderate stance on climate change issues”.[140]

Health care

On May 4, 2017, Stefanik voted on party lines in favor of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and passing the House Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act.[141][142]

Following a televised community forum in Plattsburgh four days later, at which many attendees opposed her vote and wanted to maintain Obamacare,[143] Stefanik said she had been unfairly criticized for her vote for AHCA.[144][145] She defended her vote in a post on Medium, “Setting the Record Straight on the American Health Care Act”.[146][147] Her claims about the effects of the AHCA were strongly disputed by fact checkers at the Glens Falls Post-Star,[148] North Country Public Radio,[149] and the Albany Times Union.[150]

In 2017, Stefanik co-sponsored the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act in the 115th Congress—legislation that, among other things, would eliminate the genetic privacy protections of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 and allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and let employers see that genetic and other health information. The American Society of Human Genetics opposes the bill.[151]

In November 2017, Stefanik voted for the Championing Healthy Kids Act, which would provide a five-year extension to the Children’s Health Insurance Program.[152]

Immigration

Stefanik opposed Trump’s 2017 executive order imposing a temporary ban on travel and immigration to the United States by nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries.[153]

Stefanik declined to condemn the Trump administration family separation policy,[154] instead publishing a press release congratulating Trump after he signed an Executive Order to suspend new separations and detain families.[155]

On March 26, 2019, Stefanik was one of 14 Republicans to vote with all House Democrats to override Trump’s veto of a measure unwinding the latter’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.[156]

While previously supporting DACA,[157] in 2021, Stefanik voted against the DREAM Act, which nine Republicans voted for.[158]

During the 2022 United States infant formula shortage, Stefanik criticized the Biden administration for supplying baby formula to undocumented immigrants, claiming that Biden was prioritizing immigrants over American citizens. Stefanik accused the Democrats of collaborating with unspecified “pedo grifters” in implementing this policy. Stefanik’s association of the Democratic Party with pedophiles appeared to echo the QAnon conspiracy theory. Stefanik’s office later stated she was referencing sexual misconduct allegations against one of the founders of the Lincoln Project.[159] Stefanik has further claimed in a Facebook campaign advertisement in 2021 that Democrats were orchestrating a “permanent election insurrection” by granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants in order to “overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.” After the 2022 Buffalo shooting, this advertisement received renewed criticism.[160] Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger cited Stefanik’s advertisement as proof for his accusation that Stefanik had promoted the white nationalist replacement theory, a theory which the Buffalo shooter believed.[161] An adviser to Stefanik denied the accusation, calling it a “new disgusting low for the Left, their Never Trump allies, and the sycophant stenographers in the media.”[162]

Intelligence

Stefanik with Jane Corwin and Lance Yohe of the International Joint Commission in July 2019

Stefanik voted to release the Nunes memo[163] written by staff members of Representative Devin Nunes.[164] Trump asserted that the memo discredited the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections,[165] but the Federal Bureau of Investigation asserted: “material omissions of fact … fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”[166]

Stefanik supported ending the House Intelligence Committee‘s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections[167] over the objections of Committee Democrats.[168]

Taxes

On December 19, 2017, Stefanik voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In a December 18 Facebook post, she wrote, “The final bill does not adequately protect the state and local tax deduction that so many in our district and across New York rely on … New York is one of the highest taxed states in the country, and families here rely on this important deduction to make ends meet.”[169]

Net neutrality

After the Federal Communications Commission decided to repeal Obama-era net neutrality in December 2017, Stefanik urged her congressional colleagues to pass legislation restoring the policy.[170]

Cybersecurity

In September 2018, Stefanik, Seth Moulton and Dan Donovan co-sponsored the Cyber Ready Workforce Act advanced by Jacky Rosen. The legislation would create a grant program within the Department of Labor to “create, implement, and expand registered apprenticeships” in cybersecurity. It aims to offer certifications and connect participants with businesses, in order to “boost the number” of workers for federal jobs in that field.[171][172]

LGBT rights

In the 116th Congress, Stefanik was one of eight Republicans to vote for the Equality Act.[173][174] Later in the same Congress, she introduced a bill, The Fairness for All Act, that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people while also including exceptions for religious groups and small businesses with religious foundations.[175] In the 117th Congress, Stefanik voted against the Equality Act on February 25, 2021, despite supporting the same legislation in the previous Congress.[176][177]

On July 19, 2022, Stefanik was one of the 47 Republican representatives who voted in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify the right to same-sex marriage in federal law.[178]

Voting rights

Stefanik opposes the For the People Act. She made a false claim that the legislation would “prevent removal of ineligible voters from registration rolls”. Both FactCheck.org and PolitiFact rated Stefanik’s claim “False”, with PolitiFact stating, “No section of the bill prevents an election official from removing an ineligible person on the voting rolls.”[179][180]

Women in politics

Stefanik has long advocated for empowering women in the Republican Party and has influenced the party’s culture to prioritize electing more women.[50] After her election in 2014, Stefanik named Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg as a major influence on her decision to run for Congress.[181]

George Santos

During the 2022 election cycle, Stefanik was a strong early supporter of George Santos‘s campaign for U.S. representative from New York’s 3rd district, on Long Island. She endorsed him in August 2021, lent him a staffer who played a major role in his campaign, and held a fundraiser for him in May 2022 that raised over $100,000. After Santos won the election, The New York Times and other media outlets reported that he had greatly misrepresented much of his background, including employers and schools he had no connection with, as well as aspects of his family history and ethnic background; in addition, there were personal details he had not shared, such as an active criminal case against him in Brazil.[182] In December 2023, Stefanik voted against expelling Santos from the U.S. House of Representatives, saying his expulsion would set “a dangerous precedent and I am voting no based upon my concerns regarding due process.” Santos was expelled from the House by a vote of 311–114.[183]

Endorsement of Carl Paladino

In 2022, Stefanik endorsed Carl Paladino in the election to succeed retiring U.S. representative Chris Jacobs in New York’s 23rd congressional district. Stefanik reportedly had a history of disputes with Paladino’s rival in the Republican primary, then-New York State Republican Committee chair Nick Langworthy.[184] Paladino made comments on a radio show in 2021 praising Adolf Hitler, saying he was “the kind of leader we need today.” Stefanik condemned Paladino’s remarks when asked about them by HuffPost but did not withdraw her endorsement.[185] After Paladino called for the execution of Attorney General Merrick Garland, former Republican congresswoman Mia Love called upon Stefanik to rescind her endorsement of Paladino.[186] Stefanik actively campaigned for Paladino, hosting a tele-rally for him the night before the primary. Paladino lost the primary to Langworthy.[187]

Electoral history

New York’s 21st congressional district
YearRepublicanVotesPctDemocratVotesPctGreenVotesPctRef
2014Elise Stefanik96,22653.0%Aaron G. Woolf53,14029.3%Kevin Knedler19,23810.6%[22]
2016Elise Stefanik (incumbent)164,21266.1%Mike Derrick72,63729.3%Matthew Funiciello11,3944.6%[32]
2018Elise Stefanik (incumbent)131,98156.1%Tedra Cobb99,79142.4%Lynn Kahn3,4371.5%[34]
2020Elise Stefanik (incumbent)188,64958.8%Tedra Cobb131,99241.1%[35]
2022Elise Stefanik (incumbent)166,53659.4%Matt Castelli113,80240.6%[188]

Personal life

After the 2012 election, Stefanik bought a home in Willsboro, New York, near Plattsburgh. Her parents had owned a vacation home in Willsboro for many years.[189][190] By April 2014, she owned a minority interest in a townhouse near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., valued at $1.3 million.[191]

On August 19, 2017, in Saratoga Springs, New York, Stefanik married Matthew Manda, who works in marketing and communications.[192] In December 2018, Stefanik and Manda moved to Schuylerville, near Saratoga Springs.[193] As of 2022, Manda works as the manager of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for firearms manufacturers.[194] Together they have one child, Samuel Albritton (born 2021).[195]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The role was originally given to former cast member Cecily Strong who played it during dress rehearsal. Strong reportedly said the sketch’s content made her uncomfortable, giving Troast the opportunity to play the role instead.[75][76]

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