Friday, November 14, 2014

Elise Stefanik--Youngest Woman Ever Elected to Congress

For all you middle-school presidents, secretaries and treasurers that aspire to lead the country some day, here is some encouraging news - Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman ever to be elected to the US Congress started the same way. The 30-year-old who defeated Democratic incumbent Aaron Woolf in New York's 21st Congressional District in the November 4th midterm elections, began her political career in sixth grade, as student council secretary.--Meera Dolasia
-She was born on July 2, 1984 in Albany, New York
-She went to the Albany Academy of Girls when she was elected the student council secretary.  She was actually able to fulfill her campaign promise with the help of a fellow leader.
-She graduated from Harvard's Institute of Politics in 2006 and was awarded the Women's Leadership Award while there.
-Immediately after graduation, she went to work for George W. Bush's Domestic Policy Council.
-A year later, she joined the office of the White House Chief of Staff.
-After Obama was elected she became the Policy Director for Governor Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign.
-She then worked as Director of Communications for the Foreign Policy Initiative.
-It was there that she helped co-found a group of think tanks called Defending Defense.

-During 2012, she worked for the Republican Party, most notably as the leader of debate preparations for Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
-After the election, she returned home to work for her parents' plywood business.
-In 2013, she decided to run for Congress.
-She defeated her Republican primary opponent, and then went on to defeat her Democrat opponent, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

-She is a young, rising star in the Republican Party.  I am excited to see what she will do when she gets to D.C.

Elise for Congress
Meet Elise Stefanik

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