Nancy Pelosi Will Surrender Position as House Democrats’ Leader


    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Thursday that she won't seek another term as the leader of the House of Representatives Democrats.

    “This I will continue to do as a member of the House speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California, and defending our Constitution, and with great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi said on the House floor.

    “The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic Caucus that I greatly respect,” she continued.

    Pelosi quits her position as the leader of the House Democrats following the Republicans' securing control of the chamber during the midterm elections. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the GOP’s frontrunner in the race to replace Pelosi as the new House Speaker. McCarthy must secure 218 votes on the floor of the House in early 2023, three days prior to the start of the new Congress, to be able to do that.

    Pelosi has served as House Speaker for two terms and has been the House representative of her California district since 1987.

    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) may succeed Pelosi as head of the House Democrats. There were reports on Thursday that Pelosi would remain in Congress but step down as the leader and instead guide Jeffries, the person she has chosen to succeed her in her post as the new leader of the Democrats.


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