Stefanik Wants More Women In CongressPosted: Updated:
North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says the Republican party needs a wake up call after this past election.
Stefanik has made it her mission to get more diversity in the Republican party - specifically, she wants to see more GOP women in the House of Representatives.
"This is about engaging, empowering and elevating women," said Stefanik (R. - 21st District).
Stefanik is beating the drum of diversity in the Republican Party.
After November's election, the number of Republican women in the House of Representatives will drop from 23, to just 13.
That's less than 7 percent of the party's seats in the House.
"If you look at the current make up demographically of the Republicans in the House, we need to do better. We need to have a more diverse conference and a more diverse group of Republicans that reflect the American public," she said.
That's in sharp contrast with the Democratic Party, which gained 63 total seats in the House - the majority of them won by women.
Stefanik wants to push for more women to run in GOP primaries, but there has been some opposition.
"There was some push back from some of my colleagues, but they should have a wake up call this past election," she said.
Stefanik says she recruited more than 120 women to run for primaries in 2018, but says there was a lack of support evidenced by the party's shedding of seats held by women.
"Many didn't make it through their primaries and didn't have that financial and institutional support that, frankly, I believe they deserve," she said.
One of the ways Stefanik is supporting women who want to run is through her leadership PAC. She's calling it the Elevate PAC. It'll give financial support to GOP women running for office.