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