Here’s the story of a person who became the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Growing up, Elise Stefanik learned the value of hard work and perseverance by observing and later working in her parents’ upstate New York plywood shop. In between, she attended Harvard University and became the first in her family to graduate from college.
Since taking office to represent New York’s 21st District in 2015, Elise has been an outspoken advocate for small businesses, and has worked to peel away unwieldy taxes and regulations that choke job creators and prevent economic growth. She has also been unwavering in her support of strong national security, securing our borders, and protecting the men and women in uniform who keep our country safe. The face of the next wave of American leaders, Elise also chairs the House Republican Policy Committee’s Millennial Task Force, empowering all Americans by encouraging college choice, affordability, and completion.
Elise represents the very best of her generation: smart, hardworking, and enthusiastic about helping Americans like her break down barriers and succeed beyond anyone’s expectations.
She is running for reelection in New York’s 21st Congressional District.
“[W]omen bring a different perspective on every single issue. So I’m a believer that all issues are women’s issues, and they affect women in some ways differently.”
Elise is committed to making our nation’s health care system work better for all Americans. She sponsored a big fix to Obamacare with the Be Open Act, which sought to repeal duplicative, burdensome, and potentially expensive mandates on employers, and give employees more options to choose a plan that they can afford.
Elise knows that taking care of our men and women in uniform extends to taking care of their families as well. Active duty members have to uproot their families. A lot. Apart from the huge effort it takes to change duty stations, the move also has a big impact on military spouses, especially when it comes to searching for a new job. That’s why Elise introduced the Military Spouse Employment Act, a bill that aims to reduce barriers to employment by expanding access to job training and education, increase, increase childcare options, and encourage small businesses to hire military spouses.
A next-generation leader herself, Elise is working to make sure more women and girls have the opportunity to follow in her footsteps. As the recruitment chair of her party’s campaign efforts, she has made it her mission to encourage more women and people of color to step up and run for office.