Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the first female speaker of the US House of Representatives, said Thursday she will step down as party leader when Republicans take control of it in January.
In an emotional House speech, Pelosi declared, “I will not seek re-election to the Democratic leadership in the next Congress.” The time has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus.
With last week’s midterm election, Republicans secured a slim majority in the House of Representatives. In contrast, Democrats retained control of the Senate.
The mass departure of House Democrats signals the end of an era on the hill.
Raised in politics since she was young, Hillary Clinton has been a senator and an ambassador during her career. Known for her back-to-back impeachment trials while serving under Donald Trump’s presidency, she became speaker of the Senate in 2007.
Second-in-line to succeed President Joe Biden, Pelosi announced last week that her decision about the future would be influenced by the brutal attack on her elderly husband in the run-up to the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was hospitalized with serious injuries after a person broke into his home in San Francisco. His attacker was looking for the speaker, who remains at large.
Pelosi congratulated Democrats on their better-than-expected performance. She said that she would be continuing to represent her San Francisco district in the next Congress and praised them for their success.
Last week, he said, the American people stood firm in defense of freedom, the rule of law, and democracy itself. The people stood together as one to resist the assault on democracy.
Congressional Democrats have maintained their support of Barack Obama even during an election many expected to be a victory for the Republicans.
The President congratulated top House Republican Kevin McCarthy on his leadership, saying that he was “ready to work with House Republicans to get results.”
Republicans are a representative of the American people, and they are in contact with their constituents more than any other political party. That’s why Speaker McCarthy says “We’re ready for a new direction.”
House Republicans were eager to use the newfound power they acquired from House Democrats in the 2018 mid-term elections. They met as soon as they voted to schedule a straightforward investigation of the “national security” implications of the president’s family business connections.
Coming up to vote for the speaker
In the United States, Republicans expected to see a “red wave” because the party of incumbent Democrat Joe Biden swept across the country for mid-term elections in November. Because they control both chambers of Congress, they can effectively block many of Biden’s legislative plans.
But instead of staying home, the Democratic voters came out in force and brought the 2020 elections back into the spotlight.
But Republicans lost ground on candidates who were rejected by moderate voters.
A Biden-led delegation secured an unchallenged majority in the U.S. Senate last night, and a runoff election in Georgia could still see Democrats improve their majority in the upper chamber of Congress.
Biden will get some help from the Senate when he needs it, which is nice for a candidate in a deeply divided political environment.
McCarthy won the GOP leadership ballot on Tuesday, putting him in a prime position to be the next speaker.
Although potential defections from the far right could still complicate the 74-year-old’s path, he’s likely to prevail in January when the House’s 435 newly elected members choose their new president.