Hailing from New York, Stefanik, who was a staffer with the presidential campaign of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, romped to a 22-point victory over Democratic challenger Aaron Woolf in New York’s 21st congressional district. Considered a rising Republican star in Republican political circles, the 30-year-old Stefanik’s run-up to election saw several prominent Republicans campaigning for her.
“I didn’t think I was ever going to run for office,” Stefanik said recently. “But I was disappointed in the 2012 elections. I think we need new candidates who are able to talk about a positive vision to getting our economy moving again. Specifically in upstate New York, where young people are leaving in historic numbers for lack of jobs.”
She added: “We need new, fresh candidates. We need candidates who are able to reach out to young voters, women voters. I don’t look like a normal congressional candidate.”
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Stefanik is a graduate of Harvard University. Stefanik served as Policy Director of the 2012 Republican National Committee Platform and as the director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Congressman Paul Ryan in 2012. She returned to New York and works in North Country sales, marketing and management at her family’s plywood products. business.
LifeWatch welcomes Elise Stefanik to US Congress.