Democrat Incumbent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned today that her party will lose the majority in the House of Representatives to Republicans and she won’t be the House Speaker anymore.
“Speaker Pelosi has been overwhelmed by calls from colleagues, friends and supporters,” said her Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill, just hours after the 218th mid-terms race was called for Republicans.
@SpeakerPelosi has been overwhelmed by calls from colleagues, friends and supporters. This evening, the Speaker monitored returns in the three remaining critical states. The Speaker plans to address her future plans tomorrow to her colleagues. Stay tuned.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) November 17, 2022
With a Republican majority in the House, conservatives will now have an opportunity to select a new speaker, and leaders and shape legislation and bills for the next two years.
And as per Pelosi’s fate, she announced today that she will not seek re-election as leader of the House Democratic Conference after holding the position for nearly 20 years.
“With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” said Pelosi. “For me the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect, and I’m grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility.”
“There is no greater special honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco. 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,” she added.
Join me as I make a major announcement on the Floor of the House of Representatives. https://t.co/Hi7zFqidbV
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) November 17, 2022
Pelosi is leading the House Democrats since 2003 and has served two four-year terms as the Speaker of the House.
Pelosi did not comment on her preferred candidate to replace her leadership position. There are speculations that a likely successor to Pelosi would be New York Democrat Congressman, and the Democratic Conference Chairman, Hakeem Jeffries, who is serving in Congress since 2012 and is already being backed by the Congressional Black Caucus.
Other possible contenders could be, California Congressman and House Intelligence Chairman, Adam Schiff, who has been eyeing the chair for months now.
It remains to be seen if Pelosi announces an end to her long political career before the next election in 2024, but after the 118th Congress beginning on January 3rd, 2023, she will be on the receiving end of a major demotion, from third in line to the Presidency to just a regular Congresswoman.
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