Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Will Run for Her 17th Term

    In 2020 Nancy Pelosi will run for a further term. Unlike several of her Republican retired colleagues, Pelosi will run for re-election with the potential to continue leading a Democratic majority in the House.


    Pelosi is the top Democrat in Congress, and will turn 80 on Election Day, 2020.
    "Yeah, well, okay, I'm not making any campaign plans right now, but we're just going to take it one day at a time," the Democrat initially told C-SPAN 's Steve Scully in an interview yesterday but then, she added, "I 'm planning to file, we 're going to have to file by December of this year, so I'm going to file, yes." All 435 House seats, 34 Of the 100 Senate seats, and the President's office would be questioned.

    Unlike Pelosi, as of early September 2019, 4 Democrats and 15 members of the Republican House announced that they would not seek re-election, as would 1 Democrat and 3 Republicans in the Senate.

    Throughout her interview, the speaker expressed her views about why she thinks the 15 members of the Republican House should opt to retire in 2020.

    "I think this is an indicator that Republicans know they're going to serve in the minority in the next Congress and most going with a Democrat in the White House," Pelosi said. "And now they think it is time to spend more time with their families."   

    Republicans need to win 18 House seats to win the majority and gain control.

    Pelosi said she was prepared to retire if Hillary Clinton had won after the 2016 election. Yet instead, she wanted to stay on after Donald Trump won to ensure there would be a woman in legislative talks, as the other top three members are all men.

    Nancy Pelosi is the House's 52nd Speaker, having made history when she was first elected to that prestigious post in 2007. Now in her third term as President, when she reclaimed her place in 2019, Pelosi once more made history.   

    Pelosi is currently representing the 12th Congressional District of California. She is the first and only woman to act as House Speaker. She is the highest-ranking member of that chamber, second in the line of presidential succession.
    Scully asked the speaker during the interview about how things have changed since her election into Congress in the late '80s.
    "To be representatives of the people is the structure founded by our founders in Article One. What has radically changed over the last decade or so is contact, social media, and the rest? Real-time exchange of information, even quicker than that. It did make a difference,  So, people are more aware of that. It's a chance but it's always a challenge.'

    Pelosi was elected minority leader in 2002, 15 years after being elected to the House in 1987 for the very first time.

    "Pelosi comes from a family with a history of public service, according to her official web site. Her late father, Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., served for 12 years as Baltimore's Mayor. Her brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, served also as Baltimore's Mayor. She has 5 children and nine grandchildren with her husband, Paul Pelosi.    

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