Elise Stefanik launches PAC in bid to elect GOP women to Congress

WASHINGTON — New York Rep. Elise Stefanik launched a new fundraising effort to recruit and elect GOP women to Congress, warning the gender gap has hit a “crisis level.”

While a historic number of females were elected in 2018, Democratic women led the pink wave, while the ranks of GOP females were decimated.

“We are facing a crisis level of Republican women in Congress,” Stefanik (R- Schuylerville) said Thursday at the DC kickoff of her political action committee called E-PAC. “The number of Republican women House members dropped from 23 to only 13 in this Congress.”

Democrats hold 89 of the 102 female House seats.

Stefanik’s E-PAC is aimed at encouraging more women to run for office and offering mentorship and fundraising support to win primary elections. She announced Thursday the effort already raised $250,000.

A rising star in the Republican Party, Stefanik made history in 2015 by becoming the youngest woman to serve in Congress at age 30. But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, shattered her record when she was sworn in this year to represent parts of the Bronx and Queens.

Stefanik’s campaign to financially support female candidates is similar to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines PAC for Democratic women.

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