Nancy Pelosi steps down as leader of the US House Democrats


The 14-minute speech was punctuated by applause as Pelosi said, “With great confidence in our caucus, I will not be seeking re-election as the Democratic leadership in the upcoming Congress.”

Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the pioneering first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, announced on Thursday that she will not be running for re-election to her position as Congress leader and will step down as leader of the Congress. party when Republicans take control of the chamber in January.

Speaking in the House, Pelosi said she would continue to be a congresswoman and complete the term for which she was just elected.

The 14-minute speech was punctuated by applause as Pelosi said, “With great confidence in our caucus, I will not be seeking re-election as the Democratic leadership in the upcoming Congress.”

Pelosi continued, “For me, the time has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic Congress that I respect so deeply. And I am grateful that so many people are ready and willing to take on this enormous responsibility.

The day before, news agencies had predicted that after the midterm elections, the Democrats would lose their House majority to the Republicans.

Pelosi, 82, kept his future plans private in the aftermath of the midterm elections, in which Democrats beat forecasts across the board. According to NBC News’ projections, Republicans will win a narrow lead in the House, contrary to their expectations that a “red wave” would give them a huge majority in Congress.

Pelosi also said her decision to continue leading would be influenced by her husband, Paul Pelosi, who was recently attacked by a home intruder wielding a hammer.

The favorite to be Speaker of the House in the next Congress is current House Minority Leader, Republican Kevin McCarthy of California. McCarthy won a party vote on Tuesday to become the Republican presidential nominee, but he didn’t get the 218 votes he would need when the full House votes on his leadership in early January.

Uncertainty exists about how the House leadership transition will affect the top tier of Democrats. House Majority Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, has worked closely with Pelosi for many years, but the 83-year-old is unsure of leading the party’s minority as some Democrats seek more faces. fresh and younger to enter a new era. of management.

Pelosi, who was elected to Congress in 1987, rose to the post of House Minority Whip after the 2002 midterms, making her the highest-ranking woman in House history. She became House Minority Leader in 2003 and was elected House Speaker in 2006 when Democrats won a House majority.

Pelosi presided over a number of significant political upheavals and turning points during her two terms as president, including two attempts to oust then-President Donald Trump from office.


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