Stefanik replaces Cheney as Republican conference chair

On May 14, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) was elected the new Republican conference chair by a vote of 134-46. She succeeds Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who was removed from the position on May 12.

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to support the second impeachment of President Donald Trump (R) following the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol. Republicans had previously held an unsuccessful vote to recall Cheney in February.

Cheney said in an interview after her removal, “Right now, I am very focused on making sure that our party becomes again a party that stands for truth and stands for fundamental principles that are conservative and mostly stands for the Constitution, and I won’t let a former president or anybody else unravel the democracy.”

During a press conference after Stefanik was elected, the House Republican leadership team said the conference was unified. Stefanik also thanked Trump, who endorsed her for the position. She said, “I believe that voters determine the leader of the Republican Party and President Trump is the leader that they look to.”

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