Elise is a passionate advocate for our North Country students, parents and teachers. We must empower our communities to take a leading role in educating and training the next generation of leaders. Providing access to high quality education gives our children the best chance to grow and to realize the American dream.

As a Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Elise is committed to fighting on behalf of North Country students.

In her first term, Elise worked to pass and have signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), much needed legislation that rewrote No Child Left Behind and reauthorized and reformed our K-12 education policies. This legislation lifted the burden of Common Core from our schools, restoring local educational control and moving us away from a one-size-fits-all, top-down education system.

Elise is a vocal advocate for our North Country higher education institutions such as universities, vocational schools, technical colleges, and community colleges. She strongly supports career and technical training and believes that we must foster relationships between local businesses and our schools. With both the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and several BOCES programs, the North Country is uniquely situated to take advantage of the opportunities presented by career and technical education.

Elise successfully led the effort to strengthen Pell Grants by fighting for year-round accessibility. She also led legislation to extend the Perkins Loan Program, which provides access to financing for many low-income students across the country. Elise is currently leading the Go to High School, Go to College Act. Many students are now taking college courses while in high school, and this legislation will give high school students taking college classes access to the Pell Grant program. Higher education should be accessible to everyone, and this bill will help ensure that all students have the opportunity to pursue a college education.

While in Congress, Elise has kept her promises to New York’s 21st District by taking the following actions:

Serves as Co-Chair of the STEAM Caucus (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)

Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:
H.R. 283 – Student Debt Repayment Fairness Act
H.R. 1485, Flexible Pell Grant for 21st Century Students Act – expands access to Pell Grants year round, signed into law May 2017
H.R. 2482, Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2017

Legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:
H.R. 3035 – Classroom to Careers Act of 2019
H.R.3268 – Go to High School, Go to College Act of 2019
H.R. 3308 – Building STEAM Education Act of 2019
H.R. 795, Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act
H.R. 1429, LEADS Act of 2017
H.R. 1635, Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act
H.R. 1772, AIM HIGH Act
H.R. 1957, Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2017
H.R. 2434, College Transparency Act
H.R. 3422, Interstate Teaching Mobility Act
H.R. 2353, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
H.R. 3272, Veteran Education Empowerment Act

Elise reads to a Gordon Creek Elementary School class.