Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, announced on Tuesday that she will compete for a 19th term in office, but did not specify whether she will seek re-election to her Democratic leadership position.
The 81-year-old California politician was the first woman to serve as speaker, and she had been anticipated to stand aside as her party prepares to lose its majority in the midterm elections on Nov. 8.
Still A Speaker?
It was unclear whether she would follow through on a promise she made after the 2018 election to spend only two more terms as a speaker and pave the way for a new generation of House Democrats to take the reins.
Pelosi’s staff has declined to comment on whether she will pursue the speakership again. “The Speaker is on a mission, not a shift,” a top adviser explained.
It’s not unheard of for a speaker to run for re-election and then announce afterward that he or she would not run for the top leadership position again.
Even though Democrats won control of the House and Senate in those elections, then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a Republican, comfortably won re-election to his House seat in 2006.
Hastert announced immediately after the election that he will not seek a leadership position in the Congress when it reconvenes in January 2007.
Later in 2007, Hastert withdrew from Congress entirely.
“While we have achieved progress, there is still much more that can be done to better people’s lives. This election is critical: nothing less than our democracy is at risk “In a video uploaded on Twitter, Pelosi stated.
Even though Democrats are gearing up for a potentially challenging election season this autumn, Pelosi’s seat is seen as a haven for the party.