Elise Stefanik, No. 3 House GOP member, announces pregnancy

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SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Elise Stefanik, whose loyalty to former president Donald Trump won her a leadership post in the House Republican caucus, announced on Saturday that she is expecting her first child.

The fourth-term Congress member from upstate New York tweeted:

The post on Twitter and Instagram included a photo of Stefanik and her husband, Matthew Manda, patting her baby bump.

Stefanik, 36, was first elected to Congress in 2014. She was elevated to the No. 3 position in the Republican caucus last month when party members ousted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from the position for pushing back against Trump’s false claims that voting fraud cost him the 2020 presidential election.

After initially distancing herself from Trump, Stefanik has become one of the former president’s fiercest defenders in the House. She ultimately moved to overturn the election by voting to reject some of President Joe Biden’s electoral votes.

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