Stefanik, Donalds compete for the next House GOP conference chair

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Representatives Elise Stefanik and Byron Donalds will battle for the House Republican conference chair after the midterms as Republicans plan for a potential House majority.

Stefanik, RY, the current conference chair, announced on Tuesday that she would be seeking that position again. She first took on the role after Republicans Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., had been expelled because of her opposition to former President Donald Trump.

“For the next 56 days, I’m focused on working to ensure we achieve a historic Republican majority,” Stefanik said in a Tuesdsay statement.

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“I am proud to have united the entire Republican Conference in our country in a crisis message and shattered fundraising records as the Speaker of the House GOP conference raised more than $10 million for candidates and committees this cycle.”

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Rep. Elise Stefanik
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Several other Republicans were quick to back Stefanik after her announcement. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., who serves as its vice chairman, was one of them, as was Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa.

Donalds, R-Fla., is a freshman who gained fame through frequent media appearances. While he has not formally announced that he will run for the spot, his office at TBEN News Digital has confirmed that he will be a candidate to replace Stefanik.

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Stefanik is the only woman in the House Republican leadership. Donalds would become the only black member of the GOP leadership.

Rep.  Byron Donalds, R-Fla., speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
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The conference chair race is one of several positions that could be up for grabs for the GOP in a mid-term reshuffle. If Republicans take back the House, current minority whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is expected to move to the majority leader, which would open the orbit of the majority whip.

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Top candidates for the whip role include National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer, R-Minn., current Deputy Whip Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., and Republican Study Committee Chair Jim Banks, R-Ind.