|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Bill Owens|
July 2, 1984 |
Albany, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Willsboro, New York, U.S.|
|Education||Harvard University (BA)|
Elise Marie 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. She is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, elected in 2014 at age 30.
Early life and career
Stefanik was born in Albany, New York in 1984. Her parents, Melanie and Ken Stefanik, own a plywood business in the Albany area. She attended the Albany Academy for Girls and Harvard University (class of 2006).[clarification needed]
While at Harvard she was awarded the Women's Leadership Award. After graduating from Harvard, she joined the administration of President George W. Bush, working on the Domestic Policy Council.
She also worked in the office of the White House Chief of Staff for Bush's second deputy chief of staff, Joshua Bolten. 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.
Stefanik managed Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan’s debate preparation as he ran for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 general election. 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 2013, Stefanik declared her candidacy in the 2014 election for the United States House of Representatives in New York's 21st congressional district. The district and its predecessors had been in Republican hands for 136 years before Democrat Bill Owens won a 2009 special election and subsequently won re-election in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, Owens opted not to seek reelection following a re-districting.
Stefanik defeated Matt Doheny in the Republican primary election 61 to 39 percent, She faced Aaron Woolf, the Democratic Party nominee, and Matt Funiciello, the Green Party nominee, in the general election on November 4. Stefanik defeated Woolf and Funiciello 55.2% to 33.5% and 10.6% respectively, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.[a]
She won re-election with 63 percent of the vote, while Derrick (D) received 27.8% and Funiciello (G) received 4.3% of the vote.
In January 2015, Stefanik was appointed to the House Armed Services Committee. She was elected by the freshman Representatives in the 114th Congress to serve as the Freshman Representative to the Policy Committee.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
Stefanik was ranked as the 31st most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the sixth most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).
On May 4, 2017, Stefanik voted in favor of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and passing the American Health Care Act. Following a televised Community Forum on May 8th, 2017 hosted by Mountain Lake PBS, Stefanik represented herself as having been unfairly criticized for her vote for AHCA. She defended her vote in a post on Medium, "Setting the Record Straight on the American Health Care Act." Her claims about the effects of the AHCA have been disputed by journalists' fact-checking from the Glens Falls Post-Star, North Country Public Radio, and the Albany Times Union. Following the constituent backlash over Stefanik's AHCA vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added Stefanik to their list of targeted 2018 House races.
She is a co-sponsor of the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R. 1313; 115th Congress) – legislation that, among other things, eliminates the genetic privacy protections of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–233) and which allows companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information.
Stefanik voted in favor of the Keystone Pipeline. Stefanik opposed the 2013 sequestration cuts to the federal U.S. military budget, specifically its effect on Fort Drum in Watertown, New York.
She described the decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement as "misguided".
She has been in a long-term relationship with Matthew Manda from Lawrence, Kansas, spokesman for the Independent Journal Review (best known for being the only media outlet allowed access to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his first trip to Asia). The couple met in Washington in 2012 and have been engaged since August 27, publicly announcing their engagement on October 27, 2016. Manda is also Director of Communications for the political consulting firm IMGE, a firm retained by Stefanik's campaign. Both Independent Journal Review and IMGE are divisions of Media Group of America.
|Democratic||Aaron G. Woolf||53,140||29.3||-17.8|
|Green||Matthew J. Funiciello||19,238||10.6||+9.0|
- Jaffe, Alexandra (September 23, 2014). "GOP chances of flipping Rep. Owens' seat grow". The Hill. Washington, D.C. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
- "The Insiders' Outsider". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
- Lachman, Samantha. "Elise Stefanik May Become Congress' Youngest Woman Ever". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
- LoGiurato, Brett (November 5, 2014). "Elise Stefanik Wins, Now Youngest Member Of Congress". Business Insider. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
- LoTemplio, Joe (October 6, 2014). "Stefanik delivers national radio address". Press-Republican. Plattsburgh, New York. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
- "NYCFPAC Endorses Elise Stefanik for Congress in New York’s 21st Congressional District". New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Political Action Committee (NYCFPAC). Lima, New York. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
- Jamie Weinstein. "Elise Stefanik wants to go to Congress". The Daily Caller. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- "Congressional challengers line up » Sunday". Press-Republican. August 18, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- Toczauer, Nicole (October 4, 2014). "Meet Elise Stefanik, the Candidate Who Could Become the Youngest Woman in Congress". ABC News. New York. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
- "Harvard Gazette Archives". Harvard University Gazette. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
- "Elise Stefanik declared winner of GOP primary in NY-21". syracuse.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- Hagerty, Meg (May 4, 2014). "Stefanik's campaign ramping up". Glens Falls Post-Star. Glens Falls, New York. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
- Center, Shira T. How Elise Stefanik Became the Youngest Woman Ever Elected to Congress, Roll Call, November 12, 2014.
- New York – Summary Vote Results, Associated Press, June 25, 2014
- ABC News. "Elise Stefanik, the Youngest Woman Ever Elected to Congress – ABC News". ABC News. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
- NCPR News (July 5, 2016). "Rep. Elise Stefanik will support Trump in presidential election". North Country Public Radio. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
- Harding, Robert (May 16, 2016). "GOP pounces after Democrats don't elevate Mike Derrick, NY-21 candidate". The Citizen. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
- "NY21 Can Matt Funiciello Build a Bernie Style Movement in the North Country". North Country Public Radio. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
- Morelli, Marie (November 8, 2016). "Elise Stefanik wins re-election to Congress representing North Country". Syracuse.com. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- Earle, Geoff (January 7, 2015). "Youngest-ever congresswoman stands out on first day in office". New York Post. New York, New York. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- "Biography". Elise Stefanik's Congressional Website. Washington, D.C. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
- Flatley, Daniel; White, Perry (February 5, 2015). "Stefanik named to leadership post on subcommittee". Watertown Daily Times. Watertown, New York. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
Military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs, military construction, installations and family housing issues, and the BRAC process are all part of the subcommittee’s purview.
- The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved April 30, 2017
- "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
- Staff, C.N.N. "How every member voted on health care bill". CNN. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
- Community Forum with Elise Stefanik, Mountain Lake PBS. The event took place on May 8th and was broadcast May 10th, 2017.
- Stefanik faces an angry, emotional crowd at Plattsburgh forum by Zach Hirsch, NCPR, 5/9/17.
- Stefanik gets an earful on health care at town hallby Josepha Velasquez and Dan Goldenberg. Politico, 05/08/2017.
- Setting the Record Straight on the American Health Care Act by Elise Stefanik, Medium, May 15, 2017.
- Stefanik trades blows with critics by Joe Lotempolio, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 18, 2017.
- Looking closer at Stefanik's health care answers by Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli, Post Star, May 10, 2017.
- Fact check: Do Rep. Stefanik's claims on healthcare hold up? by Lauren Rosenthal, NCPR, May 16, 2017.
- Experts skewer Stefanik stance by Dan Freedman, Times Union, May 15, 2017
- DCCC targets Stefanik by Maury Thompson, Post-Star, May 22, 2017.
- ASHG Opposes H.R.1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act Bill Would Undermine Genetic Privacy Protections, American Society of Human Genetics, March 8, 2017.
- "NY Rep. Elise Stefanik Reacts to State of the Union". Nexstar Media Group WVNY. Plattsburgh, New York. January 20, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
- firstname.lastname@example.org, Robert Harding. "GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik: Trump withdrawing from Paris Agreement is 'misguided'". Auburn Citizen. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
- Timmons, Heather. "The short (but growing) list of Republican lawmakers who are publicly condemning Trump's “Muslim ban”". Quartz.
- NY21: Is Elise Stefanik a fresh new voice or a carpetbagger? by Brian Mann, NCPR, May 20, 2014.
- "21st Congressional hopeful Elise Stefanik visits Saratoga County". Saratogian.com. June 19, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- "New York GOP House candidate has history of late property tax payments". TheHill. April 29, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- Inside the identity crisis at the Independent Journal Review, the outlet that has become a powerhouse in the Trump era by Oliver Darcy, Business Insider, March 21, 2017.
- Woodworth, Gordon (October 27, 2016). "Elise Stefanik engaged to wed longtime boyfriend". Glens Falls Chronicle. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
- Matt Manda, Director of Communications, IMGE.com
- Stefanik steps up strategy consulting expenses in 1st Quarter by Maury Thompson, Post Star, May 11, 2017.
- Media Group of America Announces Close of First Major Investment Led by Pete Snyder and Disruptor Capital, Disruptor Capital, 1/7/2015.
- MGA website.
- Official U.S. House website
- Elise Stefanik for Congress
- "Elise M. Stefanik: Writer Profile". The Harvard Crimson.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district
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