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Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., marks one year as House Republican Conference Speaker, touting Republicans’ “very strong” stance to retake Congress in midterm elections and highlighting the progress that she’s achieved by electing more GOP women who are “rising stars” in Washington.
Stefanik made history in 2014 when she became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at age 30 — although Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., broke that record in 2018 when she was elected at the age of 29.
Shocked that in 2019 there were only 13 GOP women in the House, Stefanik set out to fund and support a new culture of conservative women and her efforts have paid off with now 31 Republicans in power.
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Now 37, Stefanik is playing an outsized role in the 2022 midterm elections, coordinating GOP messaging against Democrats as conference chair while leading her leadership political action committee E -PAC which already backs 23 women congressional candidates – with more endorsements and fundraising to come.
“I think we’re in a very good position to not only take over Congress, but to win a historic majority,” Stefanik told Fox News Digital in an interview. “We don’t measure drapes. And we don’t take anything for granted. We’re going to work to win that majority.”
Eleven of the 15 seats that turned red in 2020 were won by Republican women endorsed by Stefanik. She will collect and give more money to candidates in 2022 than the previous cycle, according to E-PAC.
“I supported them because they are the best candidates,” Stefanik said. “And I’m so proud to see these women flourish as legislators. They are some of our most amazing rising stars.”
A year ago, House Republicans were mired in infighting over the fallout from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and President Trump’s second impeachment as Republicans were divided on whether to quit. Trump.
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With Trump’s backing, Stefanik successfully challenged Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., last May for the No. 3 GOP House leadership spot. Cheney has clashed with colleagues for voting to impeach Trump for instigating the Jan. 6 attack, repeatedly calling out his false claims that the presidential election was stolen and saying she would not support Trump in 2024.
Stefanik told Fox News Digital that Cheney was “attacking” Republican voters, his colleagues and Trump himself, while ignoring issues that matter to Americans.
“She failed to unite her colleagues and you don’t have a right to those leadership positions. You have to earn them,” said Stefanik, who backs Cheney’s main challenger in Wyoming, Harriet Hageman.
Cheney, who now sits on the Jan. 6 select committee investigating the Capitol attack, has not backed down in his efforts to hold Trump and others accountable.
“Elise Stefanik abandoned any commitment to the truth a long time ago,” Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler told Fox News Digital.
Taking the helm as conference president, Stefanik said she has three priorities: to have a “disciplined and unified message” that all Republicans can focus on, “to go on the attack every day to continue the case against Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi and the failures of Far-Left Unified Government,” and shines a spotlight on individual members, including the freshman class, with their unique backgrounds.
In the year since, Stefanik says the Republican Party has united and she credits their messaging against Biden for plummeting his approval ratings on issues including the economy, immigration and foreign policy. .
“I believe this is the result of our hard work [in] unify the conference and focus on the issues that really matter to the American people,” said Stefanik, who this week stepped up the pressure on Biden over the formula shortage.
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Bolstering conservative support last year, Stefanik told her colleagues on the fence that she plans to serve only one term as conference president. But if Republicans return to the House in November, she has her eye on other leadership positions, including becoming GOP whip — if Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., becomes House Majority Leader and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. , becomes President of the Chamber.
Stefanik also plans to become chair of a committee, such as the House Education and Labor Committee, of which she is a member.
“There was clearly a need for a change in direction and a lot of encouragement from my colleagues,” Stefanik told Fox News Digital of his rise to fame a year ago. “So I took this job to do my best this cycle, but I haven’t made a decision on what to do next.”
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