Her win is the culmination of a fast-paced effort by GOP leaders to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, who was the party’s highest-ranking woman and a frequent Trump critic.


05/14/2021 09:29 AM EDT

Updated: 05/14/2021 01:49 PM EDT

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Elise Stefanik cruised to victory in a Friday vote to replace Liz Cheney as House Republicans’ third-ranked leader, capping off a tumultuous month in the GOP conference sparked by its bitter divisions over Donald Trump.

Stefanik won in a 134-46 secret-ballot vote, defeating her sole challenger Rep. Chip Roy of Texas — an unsurprising outcome after she aggressively campaigned for the No. 3 spot, scooping up endorsements from top party leaders and Trump.

The 36-year-old New Yorker, known as a moderate turned Trump ally who’s used her fundraising skills to help elect a new class of GOP women, is now the highest-ranking woman in elected Republican leadership. Stefanik’s star has steadily risen in the party, and her new role as conference chair could give her an even greater platform for her future ambitions.

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