Rep. Elise Stefanik, a rising star in the Republican Party, is making calls and building support from her colleagues to become the next House GOP conference chair, multiple sources told Fox News.
Stefanik, 36, became a viable alternative for the No. 3 Republican leadership post if Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Was ousted by her colleagues as early as next week.
Cheney survived a vote of no confidence in February over his support for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill. But since then, Republicans have raised more frustration over Cheney because of his continued disagreements with Trump and with GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Cheney, 54, maintained her impeachment vote over the Capitol riot and said she would not back Trump if he ran for president again in 2024.
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Republicans are considering another conference chair vote after Congress returns to Washington, DC next week. What’s different about this potential vote is that there is a formidable successor seeking the job, according to a Republican.
“I suspect that in the next two weeks Elise Stefanik will be our conference chair,” Representative Lance Gooden of R-Texas told Fox News on Tuesday.
Stefanik and his office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
But multiple Capitol Hill sources say she called her colleagues directly to boost their support.
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“She whipped up the votes in case Liz was ousted,” a GOP congressman told Fox News.
The path for Stefanik became a little clearer when Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., Said he would not be running for the conference chair. Banks is chairman of the influential Republican study committee and has taken on a key role in the conservative message against the Biden administration.
A spokesperson for Banks confirmed to Fox News that he will not be running to replace Cheney.
Stefanik, RNY., Was first elected to the House in 2014 and was the youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress at the time, then 30 years old. Her record was broken in 2019 when a 29-year-old rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN .Y., Entered Congress.
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Since then, Stefanik has risen through the ranks of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, where she was a staunch supporter of Trump when he was first arraigned over foreign interference in the presidential election. from 2020.
She’s worked hard to recruit, support, and elect more Republican women to Congress through her fundraising committee known as the E-PAC.
A source told Fox News that if Cheney is ousted, it is only natural for a woman to succeed him – and Stefanik is the best option. In addition to McCarthy, the other leadership position in the House is held by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.
Stefanik built goodwill because she raised a lot of money for Republicans in the 2020 election cycle when the GOP upset many Democrats across the country and won 14 blue seats.
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GOP’s new freshman class includes a record number of women, who are inclined to support Stefanik because she helped them in the election campaign, a source told Fox News.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Jason Donner contributed to this report.