Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to discuss her plans with colleagues Thursday after Democrats narrowly lost control of the House to Republicans in the midterm elections.

Pelosi’s decision to seek another term as leader of the Democratic Party or to step down was widely expected. This will happen after the party managed to stop the expected Republican wave in the House of Representatives and the Senate, but also after the brutal attack on her husband Paul by an intruder in their home in San Francisco at the end of last month.

“Tomorrow, the President plans to inform her colleagues of her future plans. Stay tuned,” Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted Wednesday night.

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Pelosi is expected to speak on the House floor, but no time has been set. The House opens at 10 a.m. EST, before legislative business begins at noon. The speaker took home two versions of her speech to review overnight.

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The speaker has been “inundated with calls from colleagues, friends and supporters,” Hammill said, noting that she spent Wednesday night monitoring election results in the last states where ballots are still being counted.

The California Democrat, who became the first woman in the country to hold the speaker’s gavel, is a key figure in American politics.

By announcing her decision, Pelosi could set off a domino effect in the House Democratic leadership ahead of internal party elections next month as Democrats reorganize for their new role as the minority party in the new Congress.

Pelosi’s leadership team, with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Democratic Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, has long operated as a triumvirate. Hoyer and Clyburn are also making decisions about their futures.

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Nancy Pelosi spoke for the first time after her husband’s attack, thanking people for their support

All now in their 80s, the three House Democratic leaders faced restive colleagues who were eager for them to step aside and let a new generation take over.

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Democrats Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, and Rep. Pete Aguilar of California have moved similarly at times as a trio, all working in leadership roles.

First elected to the House of Representatives in 1987, Pelosi has long been derided by Republicans as a liberal from San Francisco, while steadily rising as a skilled legislator and fundraising powerhouse. Pelosi’s powerful brand of leadership has at times been valued but feared by her Democratic colleagues.

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