Nancy Pelosi announces she won’t run for executive, marking the end of an era – KION546

By Alex Rogers, Annie Grayer and Manu Raju, CNN

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she would step down from her leadership position, after leading House Democrats for two decades, building a legacy as one of the most powerful figures and most polarizing in American politics.

Pelosi, the first and only woman to serve as speaker, said she would continue to serve in the House, giving the next generation the chance to lead House Democrats, who will be in the minority next year despite a better than expected. midterm election results.

“I will not be seeking re-election to the Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi said in the House chamber. “For me, the time has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I respect so deeply, and I am grateful that so many people are ready and willing to take on this enormous responsibility.”

Pelosi, 82, rose to the top of the House Democratic caucus in 2002, after leading many members of her party against a resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq. She then guided the Democrats as they rode the waves of popular opinion, seeing their power rise to a 257-seat majority after the 2008 election, eventually crashing to a 188-seat minority, then back up again. .

His political career has been marked by an extraordinary ability to understand and overcome these political shifts, keeping the conflicting factions of his party together in passing major legislation. She won the President’s gavel twice – after the 2006 and 2018 elections – and lost it after the 2010 elections.

Lately, she has led a string of achievements with one of the thinnest party splits in history, passing a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package last year and a $750 bill. billion on health care, energy and climate in August.

Her legislative victories in the Biden era cemented her reputation as one of the most successful party leaders in Congress. During the Obama administration, Pelosi was instrumental in passing the massive economic stimulus bill and the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which provides health care coverage to more than 35 million of Americans.

“The wishes of my family and the wishes of my caucus”

The longtime Democratic leader told CNN’s Dana Bash on ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday that members of her caucus had asked her to ‘consider’ running for the leadership of the party in the fall. end of the month, adding: “But, again, just pass the election.

Any decision to run again, Pelosi said, “is about the family, as well as my colleagues and what we want to do is move forward in a very unified way as we move forward to prepare for Congress. coming “.

“Nevertheless, the stake is important because we will be in a presidential election. So my decision will again be rooted in the wishes of my family and the wishes of my caucus,” she continued. “But none of that will really be factored in until we see what the outcome of all of that is. And there are all kinds of ways to exert influence.

Pelosi had told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview earlier this month that the violent attack on her husband in late October would impact her decision-making for her political future.

Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer at the couple’s San Francisco home by a man, authorities said. The assailant, according to court documents, was looking for the Speaker of the House.

A historical legacy

Pelosi is a towering figure in American politics with a historic legacy of breaking glass ceilings as the first and so far only woman to serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

She was first elected president in 2007 and served in that role until 2011, when Democrats lost control of the House. In 2019, she was again elected president after Democrats won the House back from Republicans.

A small but vocal faction of Democrats initially worked to derail Pelosi’s bid to become the next speaker after the 2018 midterm elections, but eventually won the votes needed to reclaim the title. Before the final vote, Pelosi deployed her negotiating skills and brokered a deal with some of the Democrats who had lobbied to keep her from speaking. As part of the deal, Pelosi backed a proposal to enact term limits for the party’s top three leaders. The 2018 deal was an informal deal, however, and caucus rules were never changed, placing time limits on its tenure.

Pelosi was first elected to the House in 1987, when she won a special election to take up a seat representing California’s 5th congressional district. Over the years, she earned a reputation as a powerful and fearsome leader of House Democrats who wielded considerable influence and a tight grip on her caucus members.

She has also been a fierce opponent of Republicans in Congress and the White House, and Republicans have made her a top target of their party’s critics.

When she was first elected president, Pelosi reflected on the significance of the event and what it meant for women in the United States.

“This is a historic moment,” she said in a speech after accepting the speaker’s gavel. “This is a historic moment for Congress. This is a historic moment for American women.

This story was updated with additional developments on Thursday.

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CNN’s Clare Foran, Daniella Diaz, Ashley Killough and Sonnet Swire contributed to this report.

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