Nancy Pelosi chosen as House Democrats' pick for speaker in leadership elections

Nancy Pelosi chosen as House Democrats' pick for speaker in leadership elections

Nancy Pelosi chosen as House Democrats' pick for speaker in leadership elections

House Democrats plan to meet in private this week for a vote nominating Pelosi to become speaker in January.

Pelosi entered the closed-door caucus election in an unusual position - running unopposed for the nomination despite the clamor by some Democrats for new leadership. They want Pelosi, now the House Democratic leader, to back reforms in how the House operates.

The small faction of Democrats opposing the 78-year-old San Francisco liberal has argued that the party needs new, younger leadership, but the anti-Pelosi group has failed to produce a rival candidate to challenge her.

The announcement is a sign that even as Pelosi has strengthened her hold atop the House Democratic Caucus, she still has work to do to lock up enough support to become speaker - with little margin for error. Democrats are retaking majority control but could face a floor fight as opponents vow to try again to topple her.

Mr. Jeffries ticked off a list of priorities that Democrats campaigned on before an Election Day romp in which they swiped almost 40 seats from Republicans.

A full, public vote will be held on the House floor on January 3.

Pelosi, for her part, appeared jubilant at a news conference on Capitol Hill as votes for her leadership were being tallied today.

"We met with Leader Pelosi and tried to engage her in a reasonable conversation about leadership transition".

Pelosi was nominated as her party's choice for speaker by Rep. Joe Kennedy of MA, with no fewer than eight colleagues set to second the choice, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights leader, and three newly elected lawmakers.

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Like Pelosi, the other top two Democratic leaders, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, 79, and Rep. James E. Clyburn of SC, 78, have no opposition in their bids to keep their positions.

She was never more vulnerable in her leadership role than after the Republican midterm victories of 2010 and 2014, and she survived both of those.

The nine Democratic members of a bipartisan coalition calling itself the Problem Solvers Caucus are insisting that Pelosi embrace their proposals or risk losing power when Democrats take control of the chamber in January. Lee, at 72, would also have been the fourth septuagenarian in the House Democratic leadership.

Pelosi's return to the speaker's office is not a lock.

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) was initially favored to challenge Pelosi for the party's endorsement.

An aide to Pelosi said at the time that discussions were continuing. They quickly announced they were supporting her, giving her a boost right before the nomination. However, there are some legislative mechanisms Pelosi can use to her advantage. In a statement, Rice said their concerns were "dismissed outright" and they will not support her.

Mr. Jeffries said the caucus will be "member-driven" and focus "like a laser beam" on making sure they have a successful two years. Most other members of the state's all-Democratic delegation support Pelosi, including fellow incoming Rep. Lori Trahan.

Meanwhile, anti-Pelosi members like Ryan and Moulton are struggling to keep their coalition together without a viable leader to put forward as an alternative.

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