Pelosi To Resign As Speaker After Defeat

By Bernard P. Lawson, The Chicago Times

November 17, 2022

WASHINGTON – Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will not seek a leadership position in the new Congress after her party’s failure to secure a majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

Pelosi said in a brief speech in the House chamber that after serving some 20 years as the top House Democrat, she will walk away from a job done and open the door for “new” blood to take on a leadership role.  Pelosi will now take a back bench as the representative from San Francisco, a seat she has held for nearly 40 years.

“I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi said in a speech. “For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect.”

Pelosi was first elected in 1987 and scratched her way to the Speakership by 2007. She was swept from power in 2011 and replaced by disgraced Republican Dennie Hastert.  Pelosi regained the Speakership in 2018 during the Trump administration.