Stefanik elected as House Republican Conference chair, third in party command

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik addresses the crowd at a victory party, Nov. 3, in Glens Falls. Christopher Lenney/ Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — House Republicans voted Friday morning to elect Rep. Elise Stefanik as its Republican Conference chair and third in the party’s command, replacing Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney and propelling her to one of the top political positions in the country.

“I’m truly honored and humbled to earn the support of my colleagues to serve as House Republican Conference Chair,” Rep. Stefanik said in a statement Friday. “The American people are experiencing an economic crisis, a border crisis, an energy crisis, and a national security crisis due to Far-Left radical policies. House Republicans will continue to put forth policies focused on growing our economy and getting people back to work, reopening our schools, promoting American energy independence, securing our border, strengthening our national security, and protecting our Constitution.”

Rep. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, who represents New York’s 21st Congressional District, had received former President Donald J. Trump’s endorsement to become the new chair, with the endorsement coming shortly after the No. 2 House Republican, Minority Whip Stephen J. Scalise, R-La., also officially endorsed her. House Minority Kevin O. McCarthy of California also subsequently offered his endorsement.

Rep. Cheney of Wyoming was voted out of the third-highest leadership position within the Republican Party during a reported closed-door meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol. Her removal came after she made repeated statements criticizing former President Donald J. Trump and his claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraught with voter fraud, as well as the role these contentions may have played in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

The National Federation of Republican Women congratulated Rep. Stefanik in a statement.

“...We look forward to your strong leadership as you work to unite the Republican party,” said the federation’s president, Trisha Turner. “You are an outstanding role model for women and we stand behind you. Because of this, many more will be empowered to run for office.”

Sen. Daphne Jordan, R-Halfmoon, who represents Columbia County, congratulated Stefanik on her new leadership role.

“Congratulations to my good friend, and the North Country’s true champion, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik on her election to serve as House Republican Conference Chair,” Jordan said in a statement Friday. “In this vitally important leadership role, Congresswoman Stefanik will continue her tireless efforts to make our communities and nation stronger, protect taxpayers, help small businesses, secure our border, and oppose the Biden-Pelosi radical socialist agenda that wants to raise taxes, curtail freedom, and take America backward. The North Country, Capital Region, New York state and our entire country are truly blessed to have Congresswoman Stefanik – a dedicated public servant of true character and courage – serving in this influential national leadership position.”

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