There has been growing speculation over whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would soon announce plans to retire, given the likelihood that Democrats will lose majority control of the House in November as well as that she will soon be 82-years-old.
Pelosi put those rumors to rest Tuesday, however, with a video announcing her plan to run for re-election for yet another term in Congress, the Washington Examiner reported.
She’s running again
The overarching reason for Pelosi’s decision to continue representing her San Francisco, California district in Congress was that there was still work to be done and things to be accomplished — “for the children.”
“While we have made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives,” the House speaker said.
At another point, after invoking the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021, Pelosi warned, “This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy.”
While we have made progress much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. This election is crucial: nothing less is at stake than our Democracy.
But we don’t agonize-we organize. I am running for re-election to Congress to deliver For The People and defend Democracy. -NP pic.twitter.com/ojwFPOdRs3
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 25, 2022
The Examiner noted that Pelosi was first elected to Congress in a special election in June 1987 and has served ever since, being elevated to the role of Democratic Leader in 2002 and House Speaker in 2007.
Pelosi ended up reverting back to minority leader status when Republicans reclaimed the majority in 2011 but she raised the speaker’s gavel once more in 2019 when her party reassumed control.
She did not retain her leadership status without inner-party challenges, however, and NPR reported that Pelosi had pledged in 2019 that she would only serve in a leadership position for two more terms before stepping aside for a younger Democratic leader to take her place.
Notably, Pelosi made no reference to that prior pledge — which would come into effect at the conclusion of the current term — in her re-election announcement, leaving everyone to speculate whether she will attempt to hold on to her top leadership role or actually stay true to her word and step aside.
Democrats’ House future
Meanwhile, as Pelosi has now announced that she is running for re-election, Axios has reported that 29 members of her Democratic caucus thus far have announced their own plans to either retire from politics altogether or seek another elected office outside of the House of Representatives.
Those retirements, combined with historical trends and congressional redistricting that favors Republicans, strongly suggest that Democrats will lose their slim, five-seat majority in November, so Pelosi may find herself relegated to the minority once more if she is, in fact, re-elected to yet another term in Congress.