In an overwhelming show of support, New York congresswoman Elise Stefanik has been selected as the House Republican Conference chair to replace Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney. The decision came Friday with a 134-to-46 vote in favor of Stefanik over challenger Chip Roy, which put Stefanik in the House Republicans’ number three leadership spot.
“I have prioritized listening to all members of our Republican Conference and my focus is on unity because that’s what the American people and that’s what our voters deserve,” stated the New York Republican. “I also want to thank this leadership team; I look forward to working with them in partnership shoulder to shoulder to make sure that we are fighting on behalf of hardworking Americans.”
Stefanik saw an outpouring of support within the party bolstered by the backing of top Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who congratulated Stefanik in the wake of her win.
“We had a healthy debate and a good election,” stated the California lawmaker. “We’ve got a lot of work to do in this leadership team, we’ve got a lot of work to do in this conference.”
Stefanik’s election is seen as a chance to better unify the Republican Party, which recently saw division after Cheney voiced her opposition to President Trump.