Rep.-elect Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.-21)

DATE OF BIRTH: July 2, 1984
RESIDENCE: Willsboro, N.Y.
OCCUPATION: Businesswoman
EDUCATION:  B.A., Harvard University
FAMILY: Single; no children

At age 30, Elise Stefanik is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

She defeated Democrat Aaron Woolf for the seat of retiring Rep. Bill Owens (D) in the blue-leaning upstate New York district.

Stefanik touted her youth in the campaign, vowing to bring a fresh approach to Washington and received the backing of prominent national Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Born in Albany, Stefanik went to Harvard University, where won the prestigious Women’s Leadership Award. She went on to hold various public policy positions in the George W. Bush administration.

She also served as director of debate preparation for Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee. A businesswoman, she returned to New York to work for Premium Plywood Products, her family’s company. She lives in Willsboro, N.Y.