House Speaker Nancy Pelosi To Seek Re-election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California announced she will seek reelection in this year’s midterms.

“While we have made progress much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. This election is crucial: nothing less is at stake than our Democracy,” Pelosi said in an announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

The Democrat has represented parts of San Francisco for 33 years and has been a member of House leadership for 16 years. She became the first woman to lead the chamber in 2007 and is currently serving her third term as speaker.

Pelosi led the effort to enact the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010, the signature legislative accomplishment of then-President Barack Obama, and her most lasting legacy as speaker.

Pelosi did not address whether she would be stepping down from leadership in the video but has suggested that this would be her last term in the position.

“This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy,” she said in the announcement. “But as we say: ‘we don’t agonize, we organize,’ and that is why I am running for reelection to Congress.”

Pelosi’s announcement comes as a record number of Democrats continue to announce they are retiring at the end of this term.

On Tuesday, Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee was the latest Democrat to say he would not be seeking re-election, bringing the total to 29.

“Today, I am announcing that I will not run for re-election to Congress. After 32 years in office, I will be leaving Congress next year,” Cooper tweeted.
“I cannot thank the people of Nashville enough. You backed me more than almost anyone in Tennessee history,” he said.


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