Rep. Elise Stefanik gave birth to her first son, Samuel Albritton Manda, at Saratoga Hospital on Friday morning, the congresswoman announced Monday.
In a message she and her husband Matt Manda posted online, the fourth-term Republican serving in New York’s 21st congressional district, said her son was born shortly after 8 a.m. Friday. and thanked hospital staff. They said “Sam” weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces and impressed hospital staff “with his head of dark hair, chubby cheeks and charm.
“We are grateful to the dedicated team of doctors, midwives, nurses, and staff at Saratoga Hospital for their excellent care of both Mom and Baby Sam,” she wrote in the message, which also thanked family, friends and supporters. “Our hearts are bursting with joy and our lives have never been fuller. We are truly blessed by our most precious gift, Baby Sam.”
Elected in 2014 to the North Country district, Stefanik has quickly risen in the Republican Party, taking over as Chair of the House Republican Conference in May. The position, to which she was elected by fellow Republicans, is considered the party’s third-ranking position in the House of Representatives. Stefanik in early June announced her pregnancy.
👼💙A Very Special Announcement💙👼 pic.twitter.com/4njUVMBGWX
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) August 30, 2021