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Rep. Elise Stefanik

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 is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Stefanik is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 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 discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Stefanik voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States.
Photo of Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Stefanik.

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 Jun 11, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 100% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: C Human Rights Campaign: 40% League of Conservation Voters: 37% The Club for Growth: 35% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 15%

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:

Armed Forces and National Security (28%) Education (18%) Labor and Employment (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Immigration (8%) Health (8%) Taxation (8%) Environmental Protection (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Stefanik’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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

Passed 237/187 on Jan 16, 2019.

This bill was one of many attempts by House Democrats to end the partial government shutdown without funding for a southern border wall. The bill ...

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 Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

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 May 2021, Stefanik missed 17 of 3,645 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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