Rep. Elise Stefanik, a rising star in the Republican Party, is making calls and building support among her colleagues to become the next House GOP conference chair, several sources have told Fox News.
Stefanik, 36, has emerged as a viable alternative for the No. 3 Republican leadership post should Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., get ousted by her colleagues as soon as next week.
Cheney survived a vote of no confidence in February following her support for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But since then, Republicans have raised more frustrations about Cheney over her ongoing disagreements with Trump and with GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Cheney, 54, has stood by her impeachment vote regarding the Capitol riot and said she wouldn’t support Trump if he ran for president again in 2024.
Republicans are eyeing another vote on their conference chair after Congress returns to Washington, D. C., next week. What’s different about this potential vote is that there’s a formidable successor eying the job, according to one Republican.
“I suspect that within the next two weeks Elise Stefanik will be our conference chair,” Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, told Fox News Tuesday.
Stefanik and her office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.