WASHINGTON – On Thursday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) announced her decision to pass the leadership torch to the younger generation of House Democrats, resigning after decades of service in that position.
“I will continue to speak for the people of San Francisco as a member of the House,” he said, but “I will not seek re-election to the Democratic leadership in the next caucus.”
Republicans secured a narrower-than-expected seven-seat majority in the 2022 midterms, with Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) set to become the next House Speaker when the new Congress sits in January.
Pelosi, whose decision to resign comes weeks after her husband was brutally attacked at the couple’s San Francisco home, reached an agreement with other Democratic members in 2018 that she would step down from her leadership position at the end of this year. .
While she did not address the question of who could succeed her as House Democratic leader, the Puck website reported Thursday that Pelosi plans to throw her support behind Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Ny.).
“I never thought I would go from housewife to House speaker,” Pelosi said from the House floor. Reflecting on her 35-year service in the chamber, the congresswoman celebrated the work that she and the Democratic caucus have accomplished.
This included the passage of transformative legislation under the administrations of three presidents, he said: George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Pelosi, who became the first woman Speaker of the House in 2007, also served in that position during the tenure of former President Donald Trump.
“When I think of Nancy Pelosi, I think of dignity,” opens a statement from President Joe Biden on the president’s announcement:
“History will note that she is the most important Speaker of the House in our history. There are countless examples of how she embodies the obligation of elected officials to fulfill their oath to God and country to ensure our democracy delivers and continues to be a beacon to the world. In everything she does, she reflects a dignity in her actions and a dignity that she sees in the lives of the people of this nation.”
Democratic Senator Alex Padilla of California also released a statement that read in part: “Speaker Pelosi’s perseverance and commitment to unity have served as a source of strength both at home and abroad in the face of extremist attempts to harm our democracy, our nation’s Capitol. , and even her own family ”.
California Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement saying, in part: “Her career in Congress and as President has been a masterclass in powerful and empathetic leadership, guided by her strong moral compass and unmatched political skill. ”.
The LGBTQ Victory Institute praised the Spokesperson’s record on issues of importance to the community. Pelosi, the group wrote, “is the most pro-LGBTQ speaker in American history, consistently championing our rights and causes, and the relief and pride in having such a fierce advocate in that role cannot be understated. ”.
“From her first-floor speech in 1987 to today, Speaker Pelosi has been a tireless advocate for LGBTQ+ civil rights, reproductive freedom, and the health and well-being of all Americans,” said the Equality executive director. California, Tony Hoang, in a statement. “She is, without a doubt, the most effective speaker ever, and we are forever grateful for her service.”
Also Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced in a letter to fellow Democrats that he would not seek another term in leadership.
Having held leadership positions for 36 of his 42 years in the House, Hoyer wrote, “I am honored to serve alongside Nancy Pelosi, whose tenure as Speaker was historic and extraordinarily productive.”
Hoyer announced his endorsement of Jeffries to replace him as House Democratic leader.