Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the third-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House, said on June 5 that she’s pregnant with her first child.
“We are absolutely overjoyed to announce that our small family of two will soon be three,” Stefanik wrote on Instagram, in a caption for a photo of herself with her husband. “We’re so excited to share that we are expecting a baby this fall and we cannot wait to meet our precious bundle of joy. Thank you for the warm wishes and prayers from so many. We are truly blessed.”
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley were among those congratulating Stefanik.
“You and Matt will be wonderful parents,” Haley wrote, referring to Stefanik’s husband.
“You will be a wonderful mother! Your sweet little one is going to be so proud of you,” McEnany wrote.
Stefanik, 36, and Matthew Manda were married on Aug. 19, 2017, in Saratoga Springs, New York. The couple moved to Schuylerville, New York, not far from the border of her congressional district, in late 2018.
News of Stefanik’s pregnancy came less than a month after House Republicans elected her as the party’s conference chair, replacing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Ariz.). Cheney fell out of favor with fellow party members over her continued criticism of former President Donald Trump.
Trump endorsed Stefanik as Cheney’s replacement on May 5. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the second-ranking House Republican, endorsed Stefanik the same day.
Stefanik has received low ratings from conservative groups that track lawmakers’ voting records. The conservative Club for Growth, which favors lower taxes and economic freedom, gave Stefanik a lifetime rating of 35 percent, lower than Cheney and on par with some centrist Democrats. The American Conservative Union gave Stefanik a 43.6 percent lifetime rating, making her the fourth-lowest lifetime ranking House Republican in 2020.