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Elise Stefanik

Elise Stefanik
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Bill Owens
Personal details
Born (1984-07-02) July 2, 1984
Albany, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Harvard University (A.B.) (2006)
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Website House website

Elise M. Stefanik (born July 2, 1984) is an American politician from the state of New York. She is a member of the Republican Party and a member of the United States House of Representatives in New York's 21st congressional district.[2] She is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, elected in 2014 at age 30.[3][4][5]

Early life and career

Stefanik was born in [12] working on the Domestic Policy Council.[13]

She also worked in the office of the White House Chief of Staff for Bush's second deputy chief of staff, Joshua Bolten.[8][13] She has worked as communications director for the Foreign Policy Initiative and as the policy director for former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty during his 2012 presidential campaign.[8]

Stefanik managed Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan’s debate preparation as he ran for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 general election.[8][12][14] Following the Romney-Ryan loss in the 2012 presidential election, she returned to upstate New York to join her parents' wholesale plywood business, located in Guilderland Center, New York.[8][9]

U.S. House of Representatives

2014 election

In 2013, Stefanik declared her candidacy in the 2014 election for the United States House of Representatives in New York's 21st congressional district, held by Democrats for all but ten years since 1954. She defeated Matthew Doheny in the Republican primary election 61 to 39 percent,[15] She faced Aaron Woolf, the Democratic Party nominee, in the general election on November 4.[12] Stefanik defeated Woolf 55.2% to 33.5%, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.[14][16][1]

Tenure

In January 2015, Stefanik was appointed to the House Armed Services Committee.[17] She was elected by the freshman Representatives in the 114th Congress to serve as the Freshman Representative to the Policy Committee.[18]

In February 2015, she was appointed vice chairwoman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness.[19]

Committee assignments

Policy positions

Health care

Stefanik wants to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[20]

Energy

Stefanik voted in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.[21]

Military

Stefanik opposes the 2013 sequestration cuts to the federal U.S. military budget, specifically its effect on Fort Drum in Watertown, New York.[21]

Electoral history

U.S. House of Representatives election, 2014: New York's 21st district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Elise Stefanik 96,226 53.0 +7.7
Democratic Aaron G. Woolf 53,140 29.3 -17.8
Green Matthew J. Funiciello 19,238 10.6 +9.0
Majority 43,086 23.7 +21.9
Turnout 181,558 100.0 -32.5

Personal life

Stefanik resides in Willsboro, New York.[22] She owns a minority interest in a townhouse near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., valued at $1.3 million.[23]

Notes

  1. ^ Stefanik won the election at age 30. Previously the youngest woman to win an election to Congress was Elizabeth Holtzman, who was 31 when first elected in 1973.[16]

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  14. ^ a b Center, Shira T. How Elise Stefanik Became the Youngest Woman Ever Elected to Congress, Roll Call, November 12, 2014.
  15. ^ New York – Summary Vote Results, Associated Press, June 25, 2014
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External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Owens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

2015–present
Incumbent
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Patrick Murphy
Baby of the House
2015–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Steve Russell
United States Representatives by seniority
422nd
Succeeded by
Mark Takai
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