Nancy Pelosi to Step Down as House Democratic Leader
It’s official: Nancy Pelosi is finally abdicating her role as the Democratic congressional leader after two decades, presumably to focus on her lucrative stock-trading career.
Pelosi, aged 82, announced she will no longer lead the House Democrats after twenty years behind the helm, as Republicans are slated to take control of the House in the new year following victory in last week’s midterm elections. “I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next congress,” she said during a speech on Thursday. “Never did I think I’d go from homeowner to House Speaker,” she reminisced, dressed in a white suffragette suit on the House floor.
She did, however, state that she will continue to have a role in Congress, representing her San Francisco district. It remains unknown whom her successor will be, but it is widely anticipated that 52 year-old New York liberal congressman Hakeem Jeffries will become the heir. Pelosi is expected to serve as House Speaker until her elected term is finished. Her announcement was commemorated by President Joe Biden, who called her “the most consequential Speaker of the House of Representatives in our history.”
Pelosi kept the future of her political career secret during the midterms, after speculation began to mount that she might finally step down following a violent attack on her husband Paul Pelosi. With an impressive political tenure almost behind her, the couple will likely focus on decking out their office to focus full-time on their lustrous investing careers.
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