On Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House Speaker, proclaimed that she’d run for another term in office, without expressing whether she’d seek to continue her Democratic leadership role. Instead, Pelosi, 81, said in an online video that while they’ve made progress, much more needs to be done to enhance the lives of people; adding this election is critical; nothing less is at stake than their democracy.
Pelosi said there’s ‘more work to do for the children’ on health care, economy, gun violence, and climate change. In addition, she said their democracy is at risk because of attacks on the truth, the United States Capitol, and the state-by-state attack on voting rights.
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.
But we don’t agonize-we organize. I am running for re-election to Congress to deliver For The People and defend Democracy. -NP pic.twitter.com/ojwFPOdRs3
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 25, 2022
The California legislator was the first woman to serve as speaker and had been anticipated to step down, predominantly as her party braces for an imaginable loss of its majority in the 2022 midterms.
The declaration from Ms. Pelosi for reelection comes as House Dems are retiring in big numbers as district maps are being redrawn by GOP-controlled state legislatures to favor Republican policymakers, and the party experiences potentially thought-provoking midterm elections on Nov. 8, 2022.
Nancy Pelosi Seen as Important to Serve Democrats
On Tuesday, Representative Jim Cooper was the latest Democrat to proclaim his retirement at the end of this Congress, taking the total number of House Dems retiring at the end of the tenure up to twenty-nine. But as a productive fundraiser and experience as a deal-maker, the U.S. House Speaker is seen as important to serving Democrats running countrywide.
Besides retirements, Ms. Pelosi continues to struggle with how the thin Democratic majority in the United States Congress is preventing the party from passing critical pieces of President Biden’s plan. Although she was able to finesse the two-party infrastructure bill through Congress, President Biden’s social safety net agenda, known as Build Back Better Plan, and critical voting rights lawmaking remains caught up in the U.S. Senate amid blocs and discrepancies within the party about how to advance.
Moreover, Nancy Pelosi will be an awe-inspiring favorite in her heavily Democratic district — she won with 78 percent of the ballot in the 2020 election. But she is also in succession at a time when her hometown has been complained about squalor and wrongdoing, including daytime shootings in tourist sites, extensive homelessness, and stealing at exclusive stores.