Elise Stefanik

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Elise Stefanik
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 21
Elections and appointments
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionMarketing and management for Premium Plywood Products, Inc.
Campaign website
Elise Stefanik campaign logo
Elise Stefanik is a 2014 Republican and Conservative candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of New York.[1]

In the past, Stefanik was an aide to former Pres. George Bush and was in charge of debate prep for Paul Ryan.[2] She currently manages sales and marketing for her family’s business, Premium Plywood Products.[3]



Stefanik has worked in the following positions:[4]

  • Sales, marketing and management for Premium Plywood Products, Inc.
  • Director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Paul Ryan
  • Director of Communications for the Foreign Policy Initiative
  • Policy Director for Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign
  • Served on President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the Chief of Staff’s office


  • Graduated with Honors from Harvard University
    • Received the Women’s Leadership Award[4]


Campaign themes


Stefanik lists the following themes on her website. See her campaign website for more detailed descriptions of her positions.

  • Economy: "Create jobs and economic opportunities for small businesses to grow in Upstate New York."
  • Regulatory & Tax Reform: "Reduce the out-of-control tax and regulatory burdens facing small businesses by reforming the tax code to be flatter and fairer."
  • Healthcare: "Repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense solutions to lower health care costs and improve quality and access."
  • Fiscal Responsibility: "Fight for fiscal responsibility by balancing the budget and protecting and preserving entitlements."
  • Agriculture: "Support Upstate farmers – the backbone of our North Country communities."
  • Veterans & Military Families: "Protect Fort Drum and ensure veterans and military families receive the care and services they’ve earned."
  • Constitution: "Defend constitutional liberties, protect the 2nd Amendment."
  • Immigration: "A nation of immigrants, a nation of laws."
  • Energy: "Affordable energy means ‘all of the above’."
  • Environment: "Preserving our greatest asset for future generations."
  • Education: "Local and accountable."


—Elise Stefanik, http://web.archive.org/web/20140520145452/http://eliseforcongress.com/policy/

Independence Party filing

In addition to the Republican and Conservative parties, Stefanik also tried to file with the Independence Party. However, the New York Board of Elections declared her petition to be invalid. The investigation arose after Stefanik accused her opponent in the Republican primary, Matt Doheny, of producing fraudulent signatures. Doheny retaliated by accusing Stefanik of the same offense, and the New York Board of Elections declared both Stefanik's Independence petition and Doheny's Conservative petition invalid.[6]



See also: New York's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

Stefanik ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 21st District. Stefanik sought the Republican and Conservative Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[7]

Democratic incumbent Bill Owens announced in January 2014 that he would not seek re-election.[8]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Stefanik to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[9][10]


Stefanik has received the following endorsements:

  • The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund[11]
  • Several community and business leaders, listed on her website[12]
  • New York Assemblyman Dan Stec[13]
  • Rep. Paul Ryan[14]
  • The Essex County Board of Supervisors (14 out of 18 supervisors)[15]
  • The Franklin County Conservative Party[16]
  • Eleven of the 12 Republican county chairs in New York's 21st District[17]
  • The Support, Honor, Elect (SHE) PAC[18]
  • Mitt Romney[19]
  • RightNOW Women PAC[20]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Stefanik's reports.[21]

Elise Stefanik (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2013$0.00$180,569.22$(15,712.59)$164,856.63
Year-End[23]January 31, 2014$164,856.63$75,035.52$(37,764.40)$202,127.75
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$202,127.75$268,760.03$(120,062.43)$350,825.35
Running totals


Stefanik 2014 campaign ad


Stefanik lives in Willsboro, New York.[4]

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External links


  1. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
  2. ‘’Campaign Site’’ “Elise’s Story,” accessed August 6, 2013
  3. ‘’Post Star’’ “Potential challengers to Owens exploring run,” accessed August 6, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Elise Stefanik for Congress, "About Elise," accessed May 20, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Watertown Daily Times, "Stefanik challenges Republican opponent Doheny’s ballot petitions," accessed May 19, 2014
  7. Roll Call, "Ex-Bush Aide Elise Stefanik Will Challenge Bill Owens #NY21," accessed August 6,2013
  8. "Politico," "New York Democrat Bill Owens to retire from House," January 14, 2014
  9. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  10. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  11. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Release: Susan B. Anthony List Endorses Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st District," accessed May 26, 2014
  12. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Stefanik Campaign Announces Community and Business Leader Endorsements," accessed May 26, 2014
  13. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Assemblyman Dan Stec endorses Elise Stefanik for NY-21," accessed May 26, 2014
  14. Time Warner Cable News, "Former V.P. candidate Paul Ryan to visit Watertown for Elise Stefanik," accessed May 26, 2014
  15. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, "Essex County supervisors favor Stefanik," accessed May 26, 2014
  16. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Franklin County Conservative Party endorses Elise Stefanik," accessed May 26, 2014
  17. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Republicans Officially Endorse Stefanik For Congress," accessed May 26, 2014
  18. Post Star, "SHE PAC endorses Stefanik," accessed May 26, 2014
  19. Syracuse, "Mitt Romney endorses Elise Stefanik for Congress in GOP primary," accessed May 27, 2014
  20. RightNOW Women PAC, "Elise Stefanik, NY-21," accessed June 3, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Elise Stefanik Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Elise Stefanik October Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Elise Stefanik Year-End," accessed April 28, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Elise Stefanik April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014