Nancy Pelosi Steps Down As House Democratic Leader: ‘The Hour’s Come For A New Generation To Lead’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she would step down as the leader of the Democratic party in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday, November 17. Pelosi, who’s been a congresswoman since 1987, announced that she would not be the House Minority Leader in the next Congress. “I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress. For me the hour’s come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus,” she said.

Pelosi spoke about how important the role that lawmakers hold is for the future. “Babies born today will live into the next century, and our decisions will determine their future for generations to come. While we will have our disagreements on policy, we must remain fully committed to our shared fundamental mission: to hold strong to our most treasured Democratic ideals to cherish the spark of divinity in each and every one of us and to always put our country first,” she said.

A number of different Democrats are in the mix to take over as the head of the House Democratic Caucus. It was reported that California Representative Adam Schiff was in talks to seek election according to The Washington Post. Other candidates being considered included Reps. Steny H. Moyer (MD), James E. Clyburn (SC), and Hakeem Jeffries (NY).

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