The New York Republican recently became the No. 3-ranking GOP lawmaker in the House of Representatives after the party ousted Liz Cheney

By Sean Neumann
June 07, 2021 12:12 PM
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From left: Rep. Elise Stefanik and husband Matthew Manda
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Rep. Elise Stefanik announced over the weekend that she is pregnant with her first child.

"We are absolutely overjoyed to announce that our small family of 2 will soon be 3!" Stefanik, 36, tweeted alongside a pair of maternity photos with her husband Matthew Manda.

"We're excited to share that we are expecting a baby this fall & we cannot wait to meet our precious bundle of joy," the New York Republican added, thanking well-wishers for their support.

Stefanik is in her fourth congressional term and is the No. 3-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, having replaced ousted Rep. Liz Cheney last month.

"Congratulations @EliseStefanik, you and Matt are going to be incredible parents!" tweeted Rep. Madison Cawthorn, another loyalist of former President Donald Trump.

"Congratulations! You will be a wonderful mother @EliseStefanik! Your sweet little one is going to be so proud of you," added Trump White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

"You and Matt will be wonderful parents," said Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador.

Stefanik has previously been described as more politically moderate in her party, having supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich's 2016 presidential bid over that of Donald Trump and splitting with Trump on some major issues.

But her district, a rural swath of norther New York, has become increasingly supportive of Trump and she has evolved into a leading defender of the former president — often amplifying his lies that the 2020 election was rigged.

She was among the Republicans to vote to invalidate President Joe Biden's victory in the immediate aftermath of the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. And the Associated Press reported that she raised a whopping $13 million on the heels of her vocal support of Trump, 74, during his second impeachment trial.

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Rep. Elise Stefanik
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Elise Stefanik
Rep. Elise Stefanik
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Her Republican colleagues chose her last month to replace Cheney in House leadership after Cheney continued to criticize Trump's repeated false claims about his 2020 election loss. 

In a letter to her colleagues, Stefanik wrote that she has three goals for the GOP moving forward: to identify a "disciplined, unified message" from the party, offer "a communications posture on offense every single day" and "empower all our members to shine."

Stefanik will become the 11th member of Congress in U.S. history to give birth while in office later this year.

The other women include nine members of the House and Tammy Duckworth, who became the first sitting senator to give birth in 2018.