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.
“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.
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 17, 2022
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.
When I think of Nancy Pelosi, I think of dignity.
History will note her as the most consequential Speaker of the House of Representatives in history – she is first, last, and always for the people. America owes her a debt of gratitude for her service, patriotism, and dignity. pic.twitter.com/U2xvEVC1E5
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 17, 2022
Applause for Pelosi pic.twitter.com/8JGYJVUCJ9
— Acyn (@Acyn) November 17, 2022
Millions of people across the country with pre-existing medical conditions are now able afford health care, because of the work Speaker Pelosi put into passing the Affordable Care Act and saving it. #ThankYouMadamSpeaker
— Aaron Black (@ABlackPolitical) November 17, 2022
It was an honor to be on the floor of the House during this historic moment. And let’s be clear – Nancy Pelosi has been the most effective Speaker in the history of the United States. What an incredible legacy.
— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarcia) November 17, 2022