Nancy Pelosi to announce ‘future plans’ after GOP wins House
Pelosi’s decision to seek another term as Democratic leader or step down was widely anticipated. This would come after the party succeeded in halting an expected Republican wave in the House and Senate, but also following a brutal attack on her husband, Paul, late last month by an intruder at their San Francisco home.
She is expected to open the House at noon and then deliver a speech, her office said.
“The President intends to discuss her future plans tomorrow with her colleagues. Stay tuned,” Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill tweeted Wednesday night.
The speaker took two versions of her speech home overnight for review.
The speaker “has been overwhelmed with calls from colleagues, friends and supporters,” Hammill said, and noted that she spent Wednesday evening monitoring election results in the final states where ballots were always counted.
The California Democrat, who became the nation’s first woman to wield the president’s gavel, is a central figure in American politics.
By announcing her decision, Pelosi could trigger a domino effect in the House Democratic leadership ahead of internal party elections next month as Democrats reorganize for their new role as a 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 evolved as a triumvirate. Hoyer and Clyburn are also making decisions about their future.
All now in their 80s, the three House Democratic leaders have faced restless colleagues eager for them to step down and allow a new generation to take charge.
Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, and Rep. Pete Aguilar of California have similarly evolved as a trio at times, all working toward leadership roles themselves.
First elected to the House in 1987, Pelosi has long been derided by Republicans as a San Francisco liberal while rising steadily as a competent lawmaker and fundraising powerhouse. His own fellow Democrats have intermittently appreciated but also feared Pelosi’s powerful brand of leadership.