Pelosi Announces Run for Re-Election


New York Post

Rep. Nancy Pelosi is running for re-election.

Sophia Cooper, Staff Writer

   On Jan. 18 Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced that she will be running for re-election, however she did not include any information as to whether she would be running for Speaker of the House again. 

   In a video post posted on Pelosi’s Twitter account she says, “I am running for reelection to Congress and respectfully seek your support. I would be greatly honored by it and grateful for it.” She did not mentioned in her video whether she would run for re-election for Speaker of the House. 

  In 2018, it was reported that Rep. Pelosi, the minority leader, had made a deal that would sway over some of her colleagues. According to CNN, “as part of the agreement, Pelosi is backing a proposal to enact term limits for the party’s top three leaders. The agreement would affect Pelosi, as well as her top two deputies, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina – a trio that’s led House Democrats for more than a decade. The agreement stipulates that top leaders can serve for only three terms. Another term sought beyond that would require approval by two-thirds of the Democratic caucus, higher than the current simple majority threshold.” 

   Pelosi is the 52nd speaker of the house. Her unforgettable career did not start with this position or even with Congress. In 1976, Pelosi was elected as a Democratic National Committee member from California and held that position until 1996. In Jan. 1977 Pelosi was elected as party chair for Northern California. Four years later in 1981 Pelosi was selected to head the California Democratic Party, leading them until 1983. Pelosi then served as the San Francisco Democratic National Convention Host Committee chairwoman in 1984, and later served as Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee finance chair from 1985 to 1986.

   Pelosi was first elected into Congress in 1987 through a special election and has served in the House of Representatives for over 30 years. After moving to San Francisco Pelosi became friends with Congressman Phillip Burton, and it was not long before Pelosi started to make a name for herself in American politics. Burton died in 1983 and was succeeded by his wife Sala Burton, which was the result of a special election. Sala Burton won two elections in addition to the special election. However, in 1986 Burton became diagnosed with cancer and decided not to run for reelection. She died in Feb. 1987 a month after she was sworn in for a second full term. Pelosi succeeded Burton after winning a special election defeating two opposing candidates. Pelosi took office a week after the election.

   In 2002 Nancy Pelosi made history after she was chosen by the Democrats to be their leader, making her the first woman to lead a party in Congress. In 2007, Pelosi made history again after becoming the first woman Speaker of the House. In 2013 Pelosi was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls- the birthplace of the women’s movement. That was not it for Pelosi, as in 2019 she regained her position as second in line to the presidency. She was the first person to do so in 60 years.

   Pelosi has had a long career, born on March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, Pelosi was involved in politics her entire life. Her father Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr. served in Congress for five years representing Maryland and later served as the Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years. Her brother Thomas D’Alesandro III also served as the mayor of Baltimore. 

   Pelosi is currently 81 years old and has served in Congress for over 30 years. She has been leading the House Democrats for 16 years.