It’s official: Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) days as House Speaker are coming to an end.
That’s because, on Wednesday, the Republicans finally secured a House majority in the next Congress. Republican Mike Garcia gave Republicans that majority by winning California’s 27th Congressional District.
The question does still remain about just how big this Republicans’ majority will be. At the time of this writing, the tally is 218 House seats for the Republicans compared to 211 for the Democrats. 218 is the minimum number of seats needed for a majority in the House.
Whatever the final tally will be, though, the Republicans will have the majority, meaning that Pelosi will no longer be House speaker.
Questions about Pelosi’s future remain
One of the big questions that everybody now wants to know is what this all means for Pelosi’s political future.
For many months now, there have been rumors that Pelosi would seek retirement should the Republicans regain control of the House in the midterm elections. Pelosi has yet to silence these rumors. So, we still don’t know if she plans to stay or go.
The other big question is about Pelosi’s role within the Democrat Party, should she choose to stay. Four years ago, Pelosi indicated that she would give up her leadership post following the 2022 midterms. And, it is no secret that there are many House Democrats who would like to see Pelosi pass on the reigns.
But, again, Pelosi has remained silent on the subject.
Pelosi is expected to address these questions at some point, but it appears that nobody except Pelosi knows exactly when she will do so.
That being said, one would think that it has to happen in the very near future. That’s because Nov. 30, which is less than two weeks away, is the day that the Democrats have scheduled for their leadership elections.
Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), James Clyburn (D-SC), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) are all potential replacements for Pelosi should she choose to give up her House leadership post.
But, for the time being, all eyes remain on Pelosi, awaiting her decision.