Elise Stefanik wins second term as House GOP conference chairwoman


Elise Stefanik, Steve Scalise
House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., accompanied by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Proposed political maps released by the leaders of New York’s Democrat-dominated legislature would give the party an advantage in 22 of of the state’s 26 congressional districts and mean re-election trouble for several Republican members of the U.S. House. The congressional map in upstate New York would be realigned to create three Republican super districts — one of them now home to U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, the third-ranking House Republican. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik/AP

Elise Stefanik wins second term as House GOP conference chairwoman

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House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) managed to fend off a challenge from freshman Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) to retain her leadership position in the next Congress on Tuesday.

Supporters of Donalds, one of two black Republicans in the lower chamber, took issue with Stefanik, who succeeded Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in the role after the Wyoming Republican was ousted over her criticisms of former President Donald Trump, for breaking her vow to serve only one term in the position, a commitment her team later denied she made before she backtracked during a candidate forum on Monday.


Stefanik received 144 votes to Donalds’s 74.

Stefanik’s backers praised her tenure for helping lead the conference’s messaging efforts. Trump also threw his support behind her, telling Fox News he thinks she is “fantastic.”

During the candidate forum on Monday, Donalds reminded members that the vote was conducted via secret ballot, and allies argued he had garnered more support than many expected, according to a source in the room.

“Stefanik was hyped up for switching her district from blue to red. Byron responded by saying, ‘I didn’t flip my seat from blue to red, but I’ve definitely flipped Democrats from blue to red ideologically,’ to big applause. He said he goes to where voters are,” the source added.


“Byron also said in another question that ‘anyone with the title of conference chair can raise money, but can you do it without the title? My FEC report speaks for itself,’” the source said. “He raised more in his first term than Elise raised in her first two terms combined.”

Multiple sources told the Washington Examiner that Donalds is seen as a possible gubernatorial candidate in the future.

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