Longtime Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress.
“With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” said 82-year-old Pelosi. “For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect.”
The California Democrat made the announcement on the House floor on Thursday afternoon, describing herself as not only speaker of the house, but as a “wife, a mother, a grandmother,” a “devout Catholic,” and “a proud Democrat.”
She also made clear that she intends to continue serving as a representative of San Francisco, California, saying, “Now we must move boldly into the future.”
“There is no greater special honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco,” she said. “This I will continue to do as a member of the House speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California and defending our Constitution.”
“For my dear husband Paul, who has been my beloved partner in life and my pillar of support, thank you,” added Pelosi, referencing a recent attack on her husband. “We’re all grateful for all the prayers and well-wishes as he continues his recovery. Thank you so much.”
The California Democrat’s announcement comes after she led congressional Democrats for almost 20 years and after Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.
She was the first woman to control the House of Representatives. Under her leadership, Democrats have pushed some of the most radical legislation the United States has ever seen, including the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Respect for Marriage Act.
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