House Democrats pick Pelosi as their nominee for speaker

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi secured the nomination of her fellow House Democrats for reelection to Speaker of the House Wednesday.

The Californian ran unopposed for the position.

 

 

With her party’s nomination locked down, Mrs. Pelosi will need to be elected by a majority of the entire House come January to be officially re-elected as Speaker, and she’s operating with a much slimmer majority than she had for her bid in 2018.

Mrs. Pelosi also agreed to limit her term as speaker to another four years in 2018, teeing up these next two years as potentially her last with the gavel.

“What I said then is whether it passes or not I will abide by those limits that are there,” she said at a press conference following the elections. “If my husband is listening, don’t let me have to be more specific than that because we never expected to have another term now. I consider this a gift. I cant wait to be working with Joe Biden and preparing us for our transition into the future. So I don’t want to undermine any leverage I may have, but I made the statement.”

Her top two lieutenants — Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina — also ran unopposed and were reelected Wednesday.

The trio have lead the House Democratic caucus for the past 14 years.

Mrs. Pelosi also agreed to limit her term as speaker to another four years in 2018, teeing up these next two years as potentially her last with the gavel.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York Democrat, was also reelected as Democratic Caucus chairman.

Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts moved up the leadership ladder to defeat Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island for the Assistant Speaker position, making her the fourth highest-ranking House Democrat. She remains the second-highest woman in the Democratic caucus.

House Democrats are conducting their leadership election virtually, due to health concerns.

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