The House Republican Conference on Friday morning voted to elect Rep. Elise Stefanik as its chairwoman, sealing the New York lawmaker’s ascent two days after the group ousted Rep. Liz Cheney amid strong tension over the party’s future.
Stefanik said she’s “truly honored and humbled” to earn the support of her Republican colleagues, and vowed to “save our country” from the “radical Democrat Socialist agenda,” Fox News is told.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to earn your support to serve as our Republican Conference Chair,” Stefanik went on to say. “I know we are all here to serve the people, the voters who place their trust and faith in us. You have put yours in me to serve this Conference and I will never lose sight of that. I will always work my very hardest to earn your trust every day.”
She added: “This will not be an easy job, but I know we are stronger when united as a team.”
Stefanik said she has spent the last several weeks speaking to Republican lawmakers, listening to their “feedback, goals and priorities.”
“Members of our conference have a simple and unifying goal – winning back the majority in 2022 to save our country from the radical Democrat Socialist agenda under Speaker Pelosi and President Biden,” Stefanik said.
“At my home in Upstate New York, my husband and I live just a few miles from the Saratoga National Battlefield where 244 years ago, the founding of the Great American Experiment was in grave danger, hanging on by a thread as the prospects looked grim for those early patriots seeking to found a new country based on the ideals of liberty, freedom, and a limited government of the people, for the people, by the people,” she continued. “Great Britain looked to finish off the war once and for all. But the American patriots were disciplined and steadfast in carrying out their mission. They were comprised of brave patriots from across the colonies, each one bringing a different skill set and attribute to the larger team.”
“The world watched closely as the Americans defied expectations and won – that victory at Saratoga for the Americans turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, and the rest is history,” Stefanik declared. “How blessed we all are to live in the greatest Nation in the world – the United States of America. And how humbled we are that we have the opportunity to save our great Nation to make it better for all the American people.”
Stefanik’s appointment as House Republican Conference chair came just days after House Republicans voted to remove Cheney, R-Wyo., from leadership.
Cheney had remained steadfast in her opposition to former President Donald Trump and his “dangerous lies” about the 2020 election being stolen from him — putting her at odds with other House Republicans who wanted to move on from the Jan. 6 riot and unite the party to win in the 2022 midterms.
Cheney was removed by a voice vote and took a swing at Trump after the Capitol meeting.
Stefanik, this week, in making her pitch to colleagues, vowed she would lead the conference to ensure Republicans in the House are “united in our laser focus on defeating the radical Socialist Democrat agenda of President Biden and Speaker Pelosi.”
“Our members believe that the stakes are far too high for us to be divided,” Stefanik wrote to colleagues this week, adding that Republicans “stand shoulder to shoulder in believing that we have a historic opportunity to work as a team to win back the Majority in 2022 on behalf of the American people and save our great country.”
Stefanik also outlined her “goals” as conference chair, which included a “disciplined, unified message” from Republicans on key issues; an offensive communications plan “every single day;” and an effort to “empower all our Members to shine.”