Pelosi announces her abandonment of the Democratic leadership in Congress

said the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy PelosiOn Thursday, she said she would not seek a leadership position in the new Congress, in a pivotal realignment that would make room for a new generation of leaders after Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives to Republicans in the congressional midterm elections.

Pelosi, 82, announced in a speech to the House of Representatives that she would step down after leading Democrats for nearly 20 years in Congress, and in the wake of the attack on her husband, Paul, last month at their San Francisco home.

Pelosi during her speech today

Pelosi during her speech today

“Now we must move boldly into the future,” Pelosi said. “It is time for a new generation.”

The Democratic representative, who became the first woman in the United States to hold the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives, added that she intends to remain in Congress as a representative of San Francisco – a position she held for 35 years – when the new Congress convenes next January.

It is unusual for a party leader to remain in His post after withdrawing from congressional leadershipBut it is an option befitting Pelosi, who has long defied tradition in her quest for power in Washington.

Pelosi also noted that Democrats in the House of Representatives They would have “a powerful sway over a slim Republican majority.”

Pelosi, the first woman speaker of the House and the only person to be elected twice to the position in decades, has led Congressional Democrats through defining moments, including passage of the healthcare law under former President Barack Obama and the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

For his part, US President Joe Biden praised Pelosi, stressing in a statement that she is a “fierce defender of democracy.”

Biden said she “protected our democracy from the violent and bloody insurrection of January 6th,” 2021, referring to the attack on the Capitol building, stressing that Pelosi is “the most important Speaker of the House in our history.”

Biden and Pelosi (archive)

Biden and Pelosi (archive)

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