Nancy Pelosi’s tenure as House speaker may finally be coming to an end — two years from now.
According to the Washington Examiner, the California Democrat promised in 2018 that she would step down from her role in House leadership in 2022. Now, Pelosi has announced that she “will abide by those limits,” the Examiner reports.
Pelosi will step down after a final term as speaker in the upcoming Congress. She “won her party’s nomination” for the role handily in a virtual vote on Wednesday, according to the Examiner.
Pelosi holds the gavel
The 80-year-old San Francisco Democrat was the first woman ever to hold the speaker’s gavel when she first took over the House in 2007, according to a biography posted to her official website. She was again selected for the role after the 2018 midterm elections.
This time around, Pelosi faced no challengers to her speakership — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a rift in her caucus in the wake of this year’s elections.
Despite widespread predictions that Democrats would increase their majority, the party actually ended up with fewer seats in the lower chamber. It’s a development that led to a contentious conference call among House Dems earlier this month that saw Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger warning her colleagues that they’d “get f*****g torn apart” in 2022’s elections unless progressives rein in their ongoing push for radical proposals like defunding local law enforcement.
“We need to not ever use the words socialist or socialism ever again,” the suburban moderate declared, according to Breitbart. “No one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again.”
For her part, Pelosi acknowledged the differing views among her caucus in a letter earlier this month asking Democrats for their support in her speaker bid.
“I am [writing] to request your support to be re-elected as Speaker. I do so with utmost respect for the diverse viewpoints in our Democratic Caucus, the gravity of this role the urgency of the challenges ahead,” she wrote Nov. 6, according to Politico. “I also do so with the great joy and appreciation to so many of you who have already offered your support.”
Now that she’s gotten the job, Pelosi seems to be adopting a jovial tone.
“If my husband is listening, don’t make me have to be more specific than that, because we never expected to have another term now,” she said, as the Washington Examiner reported.
“I consider this a gift,” the 80-year-old lawmaker added. “And I can’t wait to be working with Joe Biden and preparing us for our transition into the future.”