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Congressional mom Elise Stefanik says she can have it all


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Elise Stefanik says she goes to have it all.

The new mom, and US House of Representatives GOP convention boss, received’t be slowing down from her official duties, even after the arrival of her son Samuel Albritton Manda six weeks in the past.

“I think it is important for women in a senior position in all sorts of careers to talk about that and show that,” she stated of balancing household life with a profession. “I am so energetic in fighting for the future of this country because it will have an impact on Sam’s life.”

The upstate congresswoman stated she was fortunate to have dad and mom and in-laws to additionally shoulder a number of the tasks.

“That support system is different for every family, but I have the opportunity to continue being the best mom I can be and being the best elected official and public servant I can be because of that support system of family,” she stated.

Stefanik, now 37, was the youngest girl ever elected to the House when she received workplace in 2014. On Aug. 27 she turned its latest mom: when 9-pound, 3-ounce Sam, who got here in at 23 inches lengthy, was born.

The bubbly child boy has her eyes, and husband Matthew Manda’s nostril, Stefanik gushed.

Elise Stefanik
Stefanik chaired a convention name the night time earlier than giving start to her new child.
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The 24 hours earlier than Sam’s scheduled start had been frenetic.

The deadline for President Biden’s withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was simply days away, and lots of of Americans have been nonetheless stranded. The night time earlier than Sam arrived, Stefanik chaired a convention name with fellow Republican lawmakers within the House to debate the deteriorating state of affairs.

Sam, nonetheless, has been untroubled by the worldwide turmoil and his hobbies for now embrace looking the window, going for walks, and listening to Dr. Seuss. Stefanik says she will welcome the complete assortment into her house. In the morning he enjoys classical music — notably Chopin.

For Stefanik and her hubby, the final six weeks have been the standard curler coaster of recent parenting ups and downs.

Elise Stefanik
Stefanik gushed that her new child had her eyes, whereas his nostril appears like her husband’s.

“[Sam] has some record days with 20 diapers — and we’ve gotten to be pretty expert diaper changers,” Stefanik laughed, including the couple has gotten used to sleepless nights.

Sam’s first public look was a neighborhood 9/11 memorial, whereas his first letter got here from former President Trump, who provided congratulations.

Stefanik says she plans to finally introduce Sam on the ground the House, when he tags alongside along with her on the common seven hour drives between her house in Schuylerville to Washington D.C.

Stefanik’s steadfast refusal to decelerate could find yourself being a boon for her Republican colleagues. In the third quarter of 2021 she raised $1.5 million by means of her varied committees and the fundraising platform WinRed.

Elise Stefanik's baby Sam
Sam’s first public look was a neighborhood 9/11 memorial.

Through E-PAC, her political motion committee, Stefanik has made it her mission to elect extra Republican ladies to congress — and she has sprinkled money generously to her colleagues. In June her fellow New York representatives Nicole Malliotakis and Claudia Tenney every received $5,000, whereas her marketing campaign committee transferred $1 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee, FEC information present.

And whereas banking favors, Stefanik stated she was additionally keeping track of the long run, saying the White House can be Trump’s once more in 2024.

“I believe [Trump] will [run] and I believe that he should. I strongly support the president and I think it’s becoming clearer and clearer and evidenced by the polling that the American people have significant buyer’s remorse when it comes to Joe Biden,” Stefanik stated.

Elise Stefanik and baby Sam
Stefanik stated within the morning Sam enjoys listening to classical music.

Trump is thought to be chummy with Stefanik, and rumors have swirled of a potential veep spot if the previous president did pursue the White House once more.

“If President Trump is reelected president I think it would be an honor to serve in his administration,” she stated. “I hope he runs, I will continue doing the best job I can serving my district and serving as conference chair — and being the best mom I can be to Sam.”

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