Elise Stefanik Voted in as New House Republican Conference Chairwoman

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Earlier this week, GOP congresswoman Liz Cheney was voted out of her post as the third top House Republican. Cheney’s loss of the House GOP Conference chair position came after she repeatedly went after and spoke out against President Trump.

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Many House Republicans, including Leader Kevin McCarthy, maintained that Cheney’s priorities were in the wrong spot. The House GOP is striving to win back the chamber’s majority and thus viewed Cheney as more focused on opposing the 45th president than taking back the House majority.

After Cheney’s removal from her post, the position of House GOP Conference chair opened up. This morning, House Republicans voted GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik into the post, as Newsmax confirms.

A New Leadership Role for Stefanik

On Friday, Rep. Stefanik was voted in as House Republican Conference chairwoman with 134 votes in favor and only 46 votes against her.

Unlike her predecessor, Stefanik is highly pro-Trump; moreover, her rhetoric is centered on getting House Republicans back into the majority and conveying to the nation what Republicans stand for. Rhetoric and stances of this nature are much more aligned than Cheney was with the current direction of the House GOP.

Following Cheney’s removal from GOP leadership, Stefanik was highly expected to get the job.

She managed to attain the endorsements of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and even former President Trump himself. With such robust support, Stefanik’s rise to the position of House GOP Conference chair was all but assured.

Getting the Republican Party Ready for 2022

With Cheney out and Stefanik in, the Republican Party can prepare for the 2022 midterm elections. Right now, House Republicans only require a handful of seats to retake the majority. Should the GOP regain control of the House, several changes will occur in Washington D.C.

For starters, a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans means that Nancy Pelosi is out as Speaker. Secondly, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is widely expected to become the next Speaker of the House if Republicans regain power.

A House controlled by Republicans will also mean the Biden administration has to work with the GOP. Thus far, Biden’s been able to count on ramming his policies through the House; this won’t be the case anymore if Republicans are able to pick up the handful of necessary seats to be in the majority again.

Rep. Stefanik has made clear that unifying the GOP with America First policies is a priority for her. The new House Republican Conference chairwoman also maintains focus on getting the GOP back in control of the lower congressional chamber.

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