Nancy Pelosi Wins Bid To Lead Democrats In US House
The highest-ranking woman in US congressional history , US Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday
chose House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 80, to lead the party into the Joe Biden era and preside over their
narrow House majority as the most powerful person in Congress.
Pelosi was nominated in a virtual leadership election, the first of its kind as the nation grapples
with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pelosi said she was “very, very honored” to accept the nomination for speaker and pledged to take action
to help “crush” the Covid-19 crisis.
What Congress addresses next “has to be about justice in our economy, it has to be about justice in
our justice system,” she added. “Justice in our environment, environmental justice,
justice in our health care.”
A formal House floor vote for the speakership occurs in January after the new congressional session begins,
and shortly before Biden takes office as the 46th US president. She is widely expected to win.
Pelosi has led her caucus since 2003. Two years ago she agreed to serve in the post through 2022 at most,
a move that may have cleared the way for her easy re-nomination Wednesday.
The House Democratic caucus, in a tweet, hailed the nomination of their “fearless leader.”
But tensions have simmered. In the November 3 election, Democrats fell well short of their stated aim
to expand their 233-202 majority, failing to oust a single Republican incumbent and losing at
least 10 seats. Some close races were still being counted, but when the dust settles Pelosi may find
she is leading the narrowest majority in years.