Nancy Pelosi to run for 18th term at 81 with vow to protect voting rights: ‘Nothing less is at stake for our democracy’

The Independent
The Independent

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced her intention to run for re-election, extending a career in the House of Representatives spanning more than three decades, ahead of a midterm election battle that could determine the balance of power in Congress.

The California congresswoman – who is serving her 17th term in the House, and fourth term as speaker – made the announcement on her campaign’s social media channels on 25 January.

Speaker Pelosi has ushered passage of critical elements of President Joe Biden ’s agenda but faced Republican obstruction in the US Senate, including voting rights legislation to combat a wave of GOP-led efforts to restrict voting and consolidate power across the US.

“While we have made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives,” Speaker Pelosi said in her video announcement.

“Our democracy is at risk because of assaults on the truth, the assault on the US Capitol, and the state-by-state assault on voting rights,” she said. “This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy. But as we say, we don’t agonize, we organize. And that is why I am running for reelection to Congress and respectfully seek your support.”

Speaker Pelosi – the first woman to serve in the role – has led House Democrats through four presidencies, including through passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act under then-President Barack Obama and both impeachments of former president Donald Trump .

In 2018, she said her current term would be her last as speaker. She did not mention the role in her latest announcement.

Her announcement, which was not unexpected, comes as the makeup of Congress begins its shift from a number of factors.

A growing number of House Democrats have announced their retirement, states are engaged in the nationwide reshaping of congressional districts, and House Republicans are plotting their agenda as they look to sweep midterm elections, potentially upending Democrats’ agenda.

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Darren Mosteller

Everyone needs to remember that she held up funds for the people because of her hate and political purposes. Her statement during the terrorists rioting all over the USA. (I dont know, Maybe there should be more violence). Does this sound like someone who is putting the children first? Is it ok that when asked about the vaccine she was against it and then was asked later and she was all for it. Why? She said because now there's a new president. Same vaccine but she was more worried about her political party than the people she is supposed to be representing. She needs to go.

chris pye

I guess she's running for congress again so she can continue the homelessness and the lawlessness in her City.

Bonnie Bear

half the problem in America is we entertain leaders that are older than great grandfather's and mother's it's absolutely ridiculous we have plenty of educated men strong young clear fresh minds not 80 year old minds bought and currupted holding up democracy cause they been in there seats longer than. most of us or are parents parents have lived so they hold or seem to hold more power than our president which to me makes zero sense then why have a president if they are more powerful than he and that is happening because of the fact we have allowed mc Connell to believe he has that power over all we need to remove the power out of hands of few and demand 4 year term limits and age limits not to exceed 65 we will not have this issue power and greed we see now this happened because they all want it all and have been allowed no term limits to stop there power grab or influence of money or how far that takes them


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