Pelosi will not seek re-election to leadership –


(NewsNation) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will not be seeking another term as leader of House Democrats.

“Never did I think I’d go from homemaker to House speaker,” Pelosi said as she spoke about her memories of the Capitol, from visiting as a child with her father to serving as a representative.

Pelosi praised the Democratic Party’s shift to a more diverse body, noting that when she was first elected there were only 12 women in the caucus. Now there are 90.

“For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect,” Pelosi said.

Democratic lawmakers crowded around

Pelosi after her speech, many of them visibly emotional.

Pelosi was first elected to Congress in 1987 and became the first female speaker of the House in 2007. She’s been in a leadership role for the Democratic Party for 19 years, but younger members of the party have been calling for change.


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