Nancy Pelosi resigns as House Democrat leader after GOP takes majority

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she would not seek re-election as House Democrat leader after Republicans regained a majority in last week’s midterm elections.

Pelosi (D-Calif.), 82, has led the House Democrats for nearly two decades, first taking the helm as minority leader in 2003 and gaining a reputation for enforcing strict party unity on key votes, which helped her vote for Republicans became a villain.

The soon-to-be former spokeswoman previously said her future plans were hampered by the health of her husband Paul, also 82, who was attacked by a hammer-wielding intruder at the couple’s San Francisco home last month and is recovering from a fractured skull.

Pelosi was born into a Maryland political family—her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., was a mayor of Baltimore and a member of the House of Representatives himself. She has served as speaker of the House of Representatives twice – from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019.

The Democratic leader is sticking to her post despite calls from within the party for a new generation of leaders. The No. 2 Democrat of the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, is 83 years old, and the No. 3 Democrat, Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, is also 82 years old.

The reallocation is expected to benefit emerging leaders like 52-year-old Brooklyn and Queens Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who is chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a strong favorite to succeed Pelosi as party leader.

Development. Nancy Pelosi resigns as House Democrat leader after GOP takes majority


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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