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Rep. Elise Stefanik

House Republican Conference Chair and Representative for New York’s 21st District

pronounced uh-LEESS // stuh-FAH-nik


Stefanik is the representative for New York’s 21st congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. She has served since Jan 6, 2015. Stefanik’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

She is also House Republican Conference Chair, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.

Stefanik is among the Republican legislators who participated in President Trump’s months-long, multifarious attempted coup during the 2020 presidential election and culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the election, Stefanik joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Stefanik voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stefanik is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Stefanik has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 2, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Elise Stefanik sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Stefanik was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Stefanik sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Labor and Employment (20%) Education (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Immigration (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) International Affairs (7%) Health (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Stefanik recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

As House Republican Conference Chair, Stefanik may be focused on her responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting her party, and brokering deals.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Stefanik voted Yea

Stefanik voted Yea

Passed 307/112 on Jun 28, 2021.

Stefanik voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Stefanik voted Yea

Stefanik voted Aye

Passed 260/165 on Dec 11, 2019.

Stefanik voted Aye

Passed 272/158 on Jul 25, 2019.

Stefanik voted Yea

Passed 284/149 on Jul 25, 2019.

Stefanik voted Yea

Stefanik voted Aye

Passed 231/190 on May 2, 2019.

The Paris Agreement, named after the city where it was negotiated, is the international treaty by which almost every nation on earth has agreed to …

Stefanik voted Yea

Stefanik voted Aye

Passed 239/192 on Jan 3, 2019.

This was the vote on the House Democrats' continuing resolution to reopen the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the midst of the government shutdown …

Stefanik voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2022, Stefanik missed 20 of 4,421 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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