[guest post by Dana]
The first female speaker of the House made the announcement from the House floor this morning:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will not seek re-election as leader of the House Democratic Conference after nearly 20 years at the helm, after her party narrowly lost the majority in the chamber in the midterm elections.
“With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” said Pelosi. “For me the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect, and I’m grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility.”
“There is no greater special honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco. This I will continue to do as a member of the House speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California and defending our Constitution,” she continued.
While Pelosi did not announce who would replace her, a possible successor might be Hakeem Jeffries, Steny Hoyer, or Adam Schiff. However, given that Pelosi appears to want a “new generation to lead,” that would certainly rule out Hoyer (age 83) and perhaps Schiff (age 62). Jeffries is 52 years old.
Nancy Pelosi, age 82, plans to stay in Congress.