New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik is, at 30, the second-youngest woman ever elected to Congress (after Ocasio-Cortez). During her four years in the House, Stefanik has voted to loosen gun control, repeal Obamacare, and expand federal Pell grants for low-income students. She also leads candidate recruitment for the National Republican Campaign Committee and has voiced frustration about the GOP’s small — and shrinking — number of women in Congress.
“I will continue speaking out about the crisis level of GOP women in Congress & will try to lead and change that by supporting strong GOP women candidates through my leadership PAC,” she tweeted this week.
After facing opposition to her efforts to diversify the Republican caucus from male colleagues, Stefanik responded that she “wasn’t asking permission” to make change.
A Harvard graduate, Stefanik got her start in politics in President George W. Bush’s White House and later worked for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.