Elise Marie Stefanik (/stəˈfɑːnɪk/; born July 2, 1984) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party serving as the U.S. Representative for New York’s 21st congressional district since 2015. The district covers most of the North Country, as well as most of the Adirondacks. It also includes some of the outer suburbs of Utica and the Capital District.
Upon her first House election in 2014, Stefanik, then aged 30, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at the time. A strong supporter of President Donald Trump, she prominently defended him during his 2019 impeachment in the Trump–Ukraine scandal. After Trump lost the 2020 election, she supported a lawsuit that attempted to overturn his defeat, made false claims of fraud, and hours after the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, voted to object to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.