Nancy Pelosi to step down as House Democratic leader after two decades

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the decision to not run for re-election to her position on Thursday, ending a two-decade tenure as the top House Democrat during which she made history by becoming the first woman to serve in that capacity.

Nancy Pelosi announces she will not seek leadership role in next Congress

Speaking on the House floor, Pelosi said that she will continue to hold office and complete the remainder of her recently-awarded term.

Throughout the 14-minute address, Pelosi said, “With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress.”

Throughout the 14-minute address, Pelosi said, “With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress.”

For me, it’s time for a new generation to take the helm of the Democratic Congress, which I much admire, Pelosi declared. And I’m appreciative that there are so many people prepared to take on this enormous duty. The declaration came a day after news organizations predicted that after the November elections, Democrats would just barely lose their control in the House to Republicans.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Despite the fact that Democrats performed better than expected across the board in the midterm elections, Pelosi, 82, has kept her future plans a secret. Republicans, who expected a “red wave” to give them huge majorities in Congress, are predicted by NBC News to take a narrow lead in the House.

Pelosi also stated that the recent hammer-wielding home invasion attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi, will influence her choice as to whether or not to continue in leadership.

The leading candidate to be speaker of the House in the upcoming Congress is Republican Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader of the House at the moment. Even though he received less votes than the 218 he would require when the entire House casts its leadership votes in early January, McCarthy won a party vote on Tuesday to become the GOP’s nominee for speaker.

How the change in House leadership will affect the upper echelons of Democrats is still mostly unknown. House Majority Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has worked alongside Pelosi for many years, but the 83-year-old said Thursday night that he too would not run for office.

Pelosi announces she won’t seek leadership position in the next congress

Hoyer declared in a letter sent by his office, “I have decided not to seek elected leadership in the 118th Congress.” Similar to Pelosi, Hoyer declared he will stay in office “and return to the Appropriations Committee as a member to complete work in which I have been involved for many years.”

Democrats are searching for younger individuals to usher in a new era of leadership in the meantime. In the letter, Hoyer endorsed New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, 52, for the position of Democratic House leader. As we work to keep keeping our promises to the American people, “He is a skilled and capable leader who will help us win back the Majority in 2024,” Hoyer added.

Along with No. 4-ranking Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Rep. Pete Aguilar of California, Jeffries received support for Democratic leadership from House Majority Whip James Clyburn, a powerful senior Democrat from South Carolina.

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