US Speaker Pelosi is stepping down as leader of House Democrats, marking the end of an era.
Eko Hot Blog reports that the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has announced that she would leave her position as the leader of House Democrats after two decades of leading the caucus.
Her decision came after Republicans won control of the chamber during last week’s midterm elections.
Pelosi, the first and only woman to serve as Speaker, said that she would continue to serve in the House, giving the next generation the opportunity to lead the House Democrats.
“I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” said Pelosi in the House chamber on Thursday evening.
“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.”
Pelosi touted the party’s legislative achievements under her leadership, adding that “now, we must move boldly into the future.”
The 82-year-old said she will continue “speaking for the people of San Francisco” as their congresswoman.
Her announcement comes after Democrats lost a majority in the lower chamber but maintained control of the Senate in the 2022 midterms, holding off a potentially larger “red wave.”
Pelosi said that when she first visited the US Capitol as a child, she never imagined she would go “from a homemaker to House speaker.”
After Pelosi’s speech, President Joe Biden hailed her historic leadership in a statement.
Biden said “history will note she was the most consequential Speaker of the House of Representatives in our history.”
“In everything she does, she reflects a dignity in her actions and a dignity she sees in the lives of the people of this nation.
“Because of Nancy Pelosi, the lives of millions and millions of Americans are better, even in districts represented by Republicans who voted against her bills and too often vilify her. That’s Nancy – always working for the dignity of all of the people,” the American president added.
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