After serving as the Democratic Party’s leader for 20 years, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would stand aside.
After a tight victory, the Republicans were able to take control of the House of Representatives. The Democratic Party also gains control of the Senate during this time. As a result, distinct parties manage each House. Nancy was a brave representative of female leadership in the political realm. Pelosi, though, previously made her potential resignation known back in 2018. When she was elected speaker, she promised the Democratic Party that she would step down in 2022.
Many Democrats started thinking about Pelosi’s potential replacement as soon as she stepped out of the picture. Sources claim that Hakeem Jeffries, a representative from New York, will end up as the choice of the party members. However, the Democrats will still put it to a vote at the end of the month. Pelosi remained silent when asked who she would support. However, Jeffries received support from Jim Clyburn and Steny Hoyer, the leaders of the House majority. Following Pelosi, the other two leaders made similar resignation announcements.
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Jeffries as the successor of Pelosi
“If she steps aside, I’m very clear that Hakeem Jeffries is the person I will be voting for and leading the Congressional Black Caucus to vote for. Of course, I don’t always speak for everybody. Still, I’m very comfortable saying I believe that every member of the Congressional Black Caucus would vote for Hakeem Jeffries,” said Ohio representative Joyce Beatty.
“Nonetheless, a great deal is at stake because we’ll be in a presidential election. So my decision will again be rooted in the wishes of my family and the wishes of my caucus. But none of it will be very much considered until we see the outcome of all of this. And there are all kinds of ways to exert influence,” she added.
However, when asked about a potential Democratic leadership bid, Jeffries remained silent. The moment to respond, he replied, was not now. Instead, he contends that people should recognize Pelosi first. Pelosi encouraged many people, particularly women, to want to run for office in the US.
“Let’s spend the day at this moment continuing to process the historic nature of Speaker Pelosi and the opportunity that we’ve all had to serve with her. And it’s been an amazing experience,” Jeffries said.
An idol in the political landscape
Pelosi made many improvements to US politics. In 2007, she stood on the dais surrounded by kids to accept the gavel. Progressive legislation on health care, the environment, and child care was a key priority during Pelosi’s term. Pelosi fiercely pushed for these laws to provide kids with a better world.
“I’ve been elected for 26 years. I’ve been doing this for a while. I believe she has been the most effective speaker and leader the House of Representatives has ever had. To me, every moment has been a blessing and an honor to serve with her,” said Tony Cardenas.
“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 vilified her. That’s Nancy — always working for the dignity of all of the people,” wrote a White House statement.