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Nancy Pelosi retires from House Democratic leadership after two decades

An era is ending in the United States House of Representatives. The first woman House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the House, during a speech on the House floor on Thursday, November 17, “I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress. The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus.” However, she will hold her role as a speaker until January 2023. Furthermore, she will keep a seat in Congress until January 2025.


The US President Joe Biden honors the career of the woman he calls the “the most consequential Speaker of the House of Representatives in our history”: “She might be stepping down from her leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus, but she will never waiver in protecting our sacred democracy.” He added: “As a nation, we owe her a deep gratitude for her service, her patriotism, and above all, her absolute dignity. […] In everything she does, she reflects a dignity in her actions and dignity she sees in the lives of the people of this nation.”


Then, other politicians, Democrats, wanted to congratulate Nancy Pelosi. “Thank you, Nancy Pelosi. Our entire nation is forever grateful for your leadership,” Vice President. Then, Former President Barack Obama also used social media to salute the 82-year-old woman: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi will go down as one of most accomplished legislators in American history—breaking barriers, opening doors for others, and working every day to serve the American people. I couldn’t be more grateful for her friendship and leadership.” 


Although many Democrats saluted the first woman House Speaker ever, some Republicans showed their enthusiasm. For example, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado stated: “The Pelosi era is over. Good riddance!”


During her speech, Pelosi talked about the good moments and the darker ones. For example, she mentioned the assault on the U.S. Capitols on January 6, 2021, “Indeed, American democracy is majestic, but it is fragile […] Democracy must be forever defended from forces that wish it harm...Last week the American people spoke...and gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” As a result of this speech, Pelosi got a standing ovation from the Democrats at the end of it.


Finally, “Thank you all, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.” She will not step down from the role she has occupied for 35 years and  “remain in Congress as the representative from San Francisco.” 




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