Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she would step aside from leadership in 2022, honoring a pledge she made two years ago.
“I will abide by those limits,” the California Democrat told reporters.
Pelosi, 80, won her party’s nomination to run for speaker in a voice vote taken virtually on Wednesday. No Democrat ran against her, but swing district lawmakers in her party have expressed a desire to elect a new, younger leadership team.
The House Democratic majority is poised to shrink substantially after a surprising number of losses. Republicans have flipped 11 Democrat seats so far, with several outstanding contests favoring the GOP.
Pelosi, nonetheless, was renominated for speaker, and lawmakers reelected the rest of the senior Democratic leadership team, who are all in their 70s and 80s.
Pelosi will have to win an election on the House floor the first week in January, which will require a nearly unanimous Democratic vote.
“The speaker was elected with unbridled enthusiasm from the Democratic caucus,” Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat, said.
Pelosi faced a much steeper challenge to her leadership in 2018 when a wave of new party centrists arrived and demanded new leadership. She cut a deal to win the gavel by promising to serve only two more terms.
Democrats dropped plans to install leadership limits through caucus rules, but Pelosi told reporters she said at the time, “Whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits that are there.”
Pelosi joked about pressure from her husband when reporters asked if the 117th Congress that convenes in January would be her final term.
“If my husband is listening, don’t make me have to be more specific than that, because we never expected to have another term now,” Pelosi said. “I consider this a gift. And I can’t wait to be working with Joe Biden and preparing us for our transition into the future.”
Author: Susan Ferrechio
Source: Washington Examiner: Nancy Pelosi, 80, to honor pledge to step aside from leadership in 2022