The Evolution of Elise Stefanik

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R., N.Y.) speaks to the media during the impeachment trial in Washington, D.C., January 27, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Once seen as a moderate, Stefanik went all-in on Trump’s post-election claims — and is about to win a spot in House GOP leadership.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I f you talk to anyone who has known or worked with Elise Stefanik since her earliest days in Washington, she is almost invariably described as smart, hard-working, and ambitious. “You could always tell she was going places,” a former colleague of hers tells me.

With a résumé like Stefanik’s, it was hard to think she wouldn’t end up somewhere important someday.

A Harvard grad who worked in the Bush White House straight out of college, Stefanik did stints at a pair of neoconservative think tanks before working on a couple of presidential campaigns.

I first got to know Stefanik a bit in the


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