US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced she will not be running for a leadership position in the House of Representatives after nearly 20 years at the helm. Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2003, including two four-year terms as president
His announcement comes after Democrats narrowly lost a majority in the House in the midterm elections.
“With great confidence in our caucus, I will not be seeking re-election as the Democratic leadership in the upcoming Congress,” Pelosi said Thursday, November 17.
“For me, the time has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I respect so deeply, and I am grateful that so many people are ready and willing to take on this enormous responsibility.”
“There is no greater honor for me than to stand on this floor and speak on behalf of the people of San Francisco. I will continue to do so as a member of the House speaking on behalf of the people of San Francisco. Francisco, serving the great state of California and defending our Constitution,” she continued.
The 82-year-old Californian made the announcement on the floor of the House.
Speculation had increased in recent days over Pelosi’s future after her husband, Paul, was violently attacked at their San Francisco home and Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. .
The California legislator has not announced who should replace her in the leadership position.
During Pelosi’s 20-year tenure in office, several Democratic rising stars and would-be successors lost reelection or left Congress to pursue other opportunities.
Pelosi’s two terms as president, from 2007 to 2011 and 2019 to present, have seen Democrats achieve big goals but also face election repercussions.
During the first two years of Obama’s presidency, Pelosi was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act and an economic stimulus bill.
As Pelosi’s actions were heralded by Democrats, voters gave the party a massive rout in the 2010 election. Democrats lost 63 seats, ceding the House to Republicans through 2018.
In her second stint as a speaker, Pelosi fought back against President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.
She will be best remembered for her opposition to Trump’s political agenda which resulted in two impeachment attempts. The first, regarding Trump’s alleged calls for Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the country, ended in an acquittal in the Senate.
The second impeachment effort, over Trump allegedly provoking a mob to attack the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, ended the same way.