WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday she would not run for the congressional leadership job, in a tipping point that ushers in a new generation of leaders after Republicans wrested control of the chamber in the midterm elections. Is.
In a fiery speech, Pelosi announced she would be stepping down after nearly 20 years leading the Democratic caucus and following last month’s brutal attack on her husband, Paul, at their San Francisco residence.
The California Democrat, the first woman to preside over the chamber, said she would remain in the legislature as a representative of San Francisco, a seat she has held for 35 years, when the new session begins in January.
“Now we must move boldly into the future,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said, “I will not seek re-election as Democratic leader in the next Congress.” “I think the time has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I respect so much.”
At the end he was given a standing ovation and several legislators came out to hug and wish him.
It is unusual for a lawmaker to remain in Congress after resigning from the leadership, but it is an option for Pelosi, who has for years defied tradition in Washington to seek power.
Pelosi spoke about her career, from seeing the Capitol for the first time as a child, to leading the chamber with her father, a former lawmaker and mayor, under three presidents.
Democrats applauded Pelosi as she entered campus in the afternoon. Lawmakers voted on short notice, at least as far as Democrats, and were joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Pelosi’s staffers and guests filled the gallery. Some Republicans attended as well, including some new lawmakers.
Hours earlier, when the Associated Press reported that control of the House had passed to Republicans, Pelosi said the Democratic caucus would have “a huge advantage over the narrow Republican majority.”
The first woman to serve as Speaker of the House and the only person to be re-elected in decades, Pelosi has led Democrats through historic moments, including passage of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and passage of the Affordable Care Act for President Donald Trump. Includes trial of politicians.
Pelosi’s decision could have ripple effects on the Democratic leadership. The bloc will hold internal elections next month, when Democrats reconstitute as a minority party in the next session.
Pelosi’s leadership team has functioned as a triumvirate, with Steny Hoyer as majority leader and James Clyburn as block disciplinarian. Hoyer and Clyburn are also making decisions about their futures.