First child born for Elise Stefanik, No. 3 House GOP member

August 30, 2021 GMT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Monday announced the birth of her first child, a boy named Sam.

The four-term upstate New York congresswoman and high-profile defender of former President Donald Trump said Samuel “Sam” Albritton Manda was born Friday morning at Saratoga Hospital.

“Our hearts are bursting with joy and our lives have never been fuller. We are truly blessed by our most precious gift, Baby Sam,” Stefanik said in a joint statement with her husband, Matt Manda.

Stefanik, 37, has risen in prominence as a stalwart Trump defender.

She was elevated to the No. 3 position in the Republican caucus this year when party members ousted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from the position for pushing back against Trump’s false claims that voting fraud cost him the 2020 presidential election.

Stefanik was first elected to Congress in 2014.