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Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the only woman to lead the House, announces re-election bid

USA TODAY
USA TODAY
 2022-01-26

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the only woman ever to lead the lower chamber , announced Tuesday she is running for reelection.

A Democrat who has represented California's 12th district in San Francisco since 2013, the outspoken liberal has been reelected 16 times since 1987 , when she won a special election for the 5th district.

Pelosi posted a video to her campaign Twitter account Tuesday , dispelling speculation she would not seek a 17th term in the upcoming mid-terms despite pundits' predictions that Republicans are likely to take back the House in November.

"This election is crucial. Nothing less is a stake than our democracy," Pelosi, a Baltimore native, said after mentioning the Jan. 6 insurrection against the Capitol. "But as we say: 'We don't agonize, we organize!' And that is why I am running for reelection for Congress and respectfully seek your support."

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The speaker went on to outline a number of issues Congress needs to keep working on, including health care climate change policies, affordable housing and infrastructure.

All are policies addressed in President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill , a wide-ranging progressive proposal that remains stalled in the Senate.

Pelosi also referenced justice in policing and voting rights in her announcement, alluding to a police reform bill that failed to pass the Senate in September and the ongoing fight for voting rights expansions .

More: Pelosi on Jan. 6: 'They would have had a battle on their hands' if the mob had caught her

Pelosi's decision to seek reelection comes as more than two dozen Democratic representatives have announced plans to retire in recent months, complicating her chances of returning as speaker.

Pelosi has not yet announced an intent to seek the role of House Speaker for a fourth term , but most in Congress expect her current tenure will be the last .

Reach out to Chelsey Cox on Twitter at @therealco.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the only woman to lead the House, announces re-election bid

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Last of the Mohicans
01-26

Omg! This is why our congress is so Broken. The same OLD PEOPLE that refuse to let someone else step in to lead. This congress has been a cesspool of corruption greed and politics for decades. This is what happens when you have too much power the corruption runs deep.

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Claudia Macias
01-26

I couldn't believe they re elected her last time .this lady needs to know when to quit how much richer can she get my only wish is for her back door dealings to be investigated her, her husband and her son all for insider offenses

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Blessings to Y'all
01-26

Pelosi might as well hang it up. I hope she loses BIG and comes to term that she is one of the top 3 women HATED in America.The woman, I am using that term very loosely, barely won the last time she ran...All Americans, from all three Political Parties, need to come together and vote Pelosi out of office. She has done NOTHING for her District or the rest of us, except cause Chaos, Division and Spend OUR money like it is water.if anyone believes she gives a rat's butt about her/him, he/she needs to take a good look at and research her her time in Office and as Speakervof the House.praying she loses this Election for the benefit of All Americans.

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