A 30-year-old upstate New York Republican on Tuesday made history by becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress.
Elise Stefanik, a former White House aide to president George W. Bush, won New York’s upstate 21st district, beating her Democrat rival, film producer Aaron Woolf.
“We did it!” shouted a beaming Stefanik in her acceptance speech. “Tonight we made a little history in the North Country.
“I am honored and humbled to be the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress and to add an additional crack to the glass ceiling to future generations of women here tonight.”
With 564 out of 598 districts reported, she had won 53.42 percent of the vote compared to 32.08 percent for Woolf, said the New York state board of elections.
The last record was last set by former Democratic representative Elizabeth Holtzman in Brooklyn who won a seat in the House in 1972 when she was 31 years old and took her seat in 1973.