House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced she would run for another term, ending months of speculation about whether the 81-year-old will retire.
“Our democracy is at risk,” the San Francisco Democrat said in a video message, citing last January’s uprising and Republican efforts to limit power. participate in voting. “We don’t torment, we organize. And that’s why I’m running for re-election to Congress.”
Pelosi, one of the most powerful lawmakers in the country and a key ally of President Joe Biden, did not say whether she would seek another term as House speaker. She said in 2018 that her current term would mark her last as a speaker, but she hasn’t addressed the issue recently. Her decision will be closely watched as Republicans threaten to regain control of the House in the November midterm elections.
While we’ve made a lot of progress, more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. This election is important: nothing less than our Democracy is at stake.
But we don’t make trouble – we organize. I am running for re-election to Congress to put forward For the People and Defend Democracy. -NP pic.twitter.com/ojwFPOdRs3
– Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 25, 2022
Pelosi thanked her voters for allowing her to represent “San Francisco values” on the national stage and said her more than three decades in the US House of Representatives have been dedicated to fighting for young people.
“When you’re in the arena, you have to be able to take a punch or throw a punch to the kids,” said the Baltimore native.
Representative Jackie Speier’s notification last year that she would not seek another term representing the Peninsula in Washington, DC, fueling speculation that other Bay Area lawmakers — some of them in their 70s and 80s — also have Call it quits in counties deemed safe for Democrats. .
But across the region, lawmakers from Oakland Representative Barbara Lee to Representative Palo Alto Anna Eshoo to San Jose Representative Zoe Lofgren have all said they plan to run again. One question mark left? Senator Dianne Feinstein. The 88-year-old lawmaker has not said whether she plans to seek another term in 2024.
It remains unclear whether Pelosi, who has traditionally won by wide margins, will face a serious opponent, although several Democrats on the left of the speaker in the speech. years have urged her to step aside and allow someone else to represent San Francisco.
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