Heralding a change in the political landscape in Washington, D.C., Nancy Pelosi again became the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday, making her the most powerful Democrat in the national government.
She overcame a small revolt within her party, garnering 220 votes – she lost 15 to defections or “no votes” – in defeating Republican candidate Kevin McCarthy, who now becomes the minority leader of the House.
Pelosi, 78, is returning to a post she held from 2007 to 2011 when Democrats held a majority in the House. Her second stint in the position comes after her party flipped 40 seats in the Nov. 6 election from Republican office-holders.
“Our nation is at a historic moment,” she declared. “This Congress will be bipartisan, transparent and unified.” At that point, she invited children and grandchildren of House members to the podium as she took the oath of office.
“I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America’s children,” Pelosi said after she was sworn in.
Pelosi represents the 12th Congressional District of California, which includes the San Francisco area. She was first elected to Congress in 1986 and is the first and only woman ever to serve as Speaker of the House. As Speaker, she is third in line of succession as chief executive after President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
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