House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has announced her retirement after nearly two decades in the position. The 82-year-old is the most influential Democrat in the House of Representatives and the first woman to hold the position of speaker.
She’ll keep her job as a representative for her California district in the House of Representatives. This news arrives as the GOP is poised to retake the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections.
Kevin McCarthy a Republican has secured his party’s candidacy for speaker of the House of Representatives and is widely expected to succeed Nancy Pelosi in that role.
Mrs. Pelosi remarked on Thursday, “I never would have anticipated that someday I would move from homemaker to House speaker.“
“In the next Congress, I won’t be running for the Democratic leadership. There needs to be a change in the leadership of the Democratic caucus, and now is the time “…she explained.
Mrs. Pelosi will remain in the position she first assumed in 1987, until January 2025, when a new Congress begins office.
Hakeem Jeffries a Democrat from New York is largely predicted to become the first black person to serve as House Democratic leader.
The position of House Speaker is the only one of the four chambers’ leadership positions to be explicitly named in the Constitution. This position is second in line for the presidency after the Vice President.
The measures up for debate and voting are selected by the speaker his or her deputies and the chairs of the relevant committees. They decide what will be discussed and how it will be discussed.
Nancy Pelosi assumed the role of minority leader in 2003, the position held by the head of the House opposition. She made history as the first woman to head a major party in either chamber of Congress when the Democrats won control of the House for the first time in over a decade in 2006.
Mrs. Pelosi became a Speaker in 2019, four years after Becoming Minority Leader
The Democratic Party is lucky to have Nancy Pelosi as its leader, but the Republican Party is lucky to have such a powerful opponent.
Because of her legislative prowess, precise timing on legislation, and flair for political theatre, she has become a powerful voice on Capitol Hill and a frequent target of criticism.
Her press appearances and speeches didn’t exactly inspire. Her ability to unite a divided and sometimes slender majority in the chamber for decisive votes was unrivaled.
However, there is a price to be paid for her strength. She became a right-wing hobgoblin in part because of these skills.
Since she has been in charge of the Democrats in the House for almost two decades, she has effectively stifled the advancement of more junior members of the caucus.
They finally have an opportunity to do it. Unfortunately, they have some big shoes to fill.
Mrs. Pelosi’s leadership as speaker of the House of Representatives was essential in advancing or blocking the agendas of several presidents.
She is widely regarded as the driving force behind the passage of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform as well as laws to address infrastructure and climate change under current President Joe Biden.
Mrs. Pelosi has been a vocal opponent of President Trump throughout his term, and she famously tore up a copy of Trump’s State of the Union address while he wasn’t looking.
Her husband Paul, 82, required head surgery after a violent break-in at their house last month, and rumors about her future have been circulating ever since.
After she thanked lawmakers for their prayers and talked of her “loving spouse in life and my pillar of support,” they stood and applauded Thursday.
According to the Washington Post, she later revealed that she has been suffering from “survivor’s guilt” ever since the attack, explaining that she feels responsible for her husband’s injuries “since they were hunting for me.”
Mrs. Pelosi’s former chief of staff, John Lawrence, told the BBC that, with the Democrats in the minority again, he expected Mrs. Pelosi to play a significant role in advising new members of Congress and engaging with the White House.
He finally said, “There’s never really a good time to leave.” When you’re on top, you want to get a lot done; when you’re on the bottom, you want to fight back.
Mrs. Pelosi was hailed by Vice President Biden as “the most significant speaker of the House of Representatives in our history” in a statement released on Thursday.
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