WABNEWS Exclusive: Pelosi recounts how she found out about the attack on her husband, Paul 1:40
(WABNEWS) — Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosiannounced Thursday that he will remain a member of Congress serving San Francisco, but that he will not seek re-election to his party leadership.
“I will not seek re-election for the Democratic leadership in the next Congress. For me, the time has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I respect so much, and I am grateful that so many people are ready and willing to take on this incredible responsibility,” said Pelosi, the first and only woman to serve in that position.RELATED
Pelosi was the leader of the House Democrats for two decades, building a legacy as one of the most powerful and controversial figures in American politics.
In a speech to the House of Representatives, Pelosi defended the party’s legislative achievements under her leadership before saying, “Now we must move boldly into the future.”
His announcement comes after Democrats lost their majority in the House but retained control of the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections, avoiding a potentially larger “red wave.”
Pelosi said she first visited the capital as a child, and that then she would never have imagined that she would go “from a home builder to a House speaker.”
At 82, Pelosi rose to the top of the Democratic House caucus in 2002 after persuading many Democrats to vote against a resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq. He then led the Democrats as they rode the waves of popular opinion, watching his power rise to a 257-seat majority after the 2008 election, collapse to a 188-seat minority, and then rise once more. plus.
His political career was marked by an extraordinary ability to understand and overcome these political changes, holding together the warring factions within his party to pass important laws. She earned the leadership gavel twice, after the 2006 and 2018 elections, and lost it after the 2010 election.
Of late, he had scored a series of milestones with one of the smallest party factions in history, passing a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package last year and a health care, energy and climate bill. of US$750 billion in August.
Her Biden-era legislative victories cemented her reputation as one of the most successful party leaders in Congress. During the Obama administration, Pelosi was instrumental in passing the massive economic stimulus bill and the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which provides health care coverage to more than 35 million Americans.
“The wishes of my family and those of my caucus”
The historic Democratic leader told WABNEWS’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday that members of her caucus had asked her to “consider” running in the party leadership election later this month, adding: “But Again, let’s get past the elections first.”
Any decision to run again, Pelosi said, “will have to do with my family, and also with my colleagues, and what we want to do is move forward in a very united way as we prepare for the Congress at hand.”
“However, there is a lot at stake because we will be facing a presidential election. So my decision will again be based on the wishes of my family and the wishes of my caucus,” he continued. “But none of that will be deeply considered until we see what the outcome of all this is. And there are different ways to exert influence.”
Pelosi had told WABNEWS’s Anderson Cooper in an interview earlier this month that the violent attack on her husband in late October would have an impact on the decision about her political future.
Paul Pelosi was attacked by a man with a hammer at the couple’s home in San Francisco, authorities said. The attacker, according to court documents, was looking for the president of the Chamber.
A legacy that makes history
Pelosi is a leading figure in American politics with a storied legacy of breaking glass ceilings as the first and so far only woman to serve as Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
She was first elected leader in 2007 and served until 2011, when Democrats lost control of the House. In 2019, she was re-elected after the Democrats recaptured the House of Representatives from the Republicans.
A small but vocal faction of Democrats initially worked to boycott Pelosi’s leadership following the 2018 midterm elections, but she ultimately won the votes she needed to win back the title. Before the final vote, Pelosi displayed her deal-making skills and brokered a deal with some of the Democrats who had been pushing to block her from the presidency. As part of the deal, Pelosi backed a proposal to enact term limits for the party’s three top leaders. However, the 2018 agreement was an informal agreement and the caucus rules were never changed, placing time limits on her term.
Pelosi was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1987, when she won a special election to fill a seat representing California’s 5th Congressional District. Over the years, she has earned a reputation as a powerful and formidable leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives, who has wielded significant influence and tight control over members of her caucus.
She was also a fierce opponent of Republicans in Congress and in the White House, and Republicans have made her a target of high-profile criticism from her party.
When she was first elected leader, Pelosi reflected on the importance of the episode and what it meant to the women of America.
“This is a historic moment,” she said in a speech after accepting the speaker’s gavel. “This is a historic moment for Congress. This is a historic moment for the women of America.”