Stefanik Replaces Cheney as GOP Conference Chair
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Despite some conservative pushback, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was voted as House Republican conference chair Friday morning to replace ousted Rep. Liz Cheney.
The New York moderate was approved to be House Republicans’ No. 3 leadership position in a vote of 134-46.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to earn the support of my colleagues to serve as House Republican Conference Chair,” Stefanik said in a statement.
“House Republicans are united in our focus to fight on behalf of the American people to save our country from the radical Socialist Democrat agenda of President Biden and Nancy Pelosi,” she added.
Former President Trump’s endorsement guaranteed her new victory despite conservatives warning against her having a worse voting record than Cheney.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) launched a bid, but failed to gain traction.
In addition to Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) all gave Stefanik their endorsement leading up to the Friday vote.
“Republicans nominated someone who is a far-left Republican,” nationally syndicated talk show host Todd Starnes said. “I hope this does not backfire on conservatives – especially when it comes to issues like religious liberty and the pro-life movement.”
Stefanik was nominated for the position by freshman Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), whom she helped get elected. Roy, meanwhile, was nominated by House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Ken Buck (R-Utah).