Pelosi Will Step Down As House Dem Leader After 2 Decades

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)  announced today she will not seek re-election as the House Democratic caucus’s top leader.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (screen capture via MSNBC)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)  announced today she will not seek re-election as the House Democratic caucus’s top leader.

Pelosi was first became leader of the House Democratic caucus in 2003. After Democrats gained a majority in the House following the 2006 midterm elections, Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House, making her the first woman ever to hold that office.

From the Washington Post:

“For me, the hour’s come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect,” Pelosi said in a speech on the House floor Thursday afternoon. She will continue as a member of the House.

Her decision to not seek reelection as the top Democrat in Congress’s lower chamber marks the culmination of a political career widely seen as setting the standard for wielding political power.

Historians largely agree that Pelosi redefined the speakership, and she made history climbing the ranks of Democratic leadership, becoming the first woman to be second in line to the presidency as speaker of the House — twice.

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Pelosi said in a recent TV interview that the violent attack on her husband in their San Francisco home on October 28, 2022, heavily factored into her decision to step down as the Dem leader.

Many feel Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is most likely to take over as the House Democratic caucus leader. Should Democrats retake the majority in the next several years, he could make history as the first Black Speaker of the House.

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