Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California is applauded at the Capitol ahead of the vote that made her speaker of the House for the second time.Carolyn Kaster/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. On Thursday afternoon, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was elected speaker of the House for the 116th Congress. In the biggest swing toward Democratic power since Watergate, Democrats gained 40 House seats in the 2018 midterm elections. Pelosi formerly held the speakership between 2007-2011, at which point Democrats lost the House majority and were replaced by a wave of tea party conservatives. She has since served as House minority leader. Pelosi is the only woman to ever be elected speaker, and is the first speaker to serve two non-consecutive terms since former Texas Rep. Sam Rayburn, who served three non-consecutive terms as speaker between 1940 and 1961. The new Congress includes a number of firsts for female politicians, including the first Native American and … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi Is Voted Speaker of the House, Which Means Democrats Are Officially in Control
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POLITICS 01/03/2019 01:48 pm ET Updated 10 minutes ago House Democrats overwhelmingly cast their votes for the long-serving California representative on Thursday. By Matt Fuller WASHINGTON ― After quashing a small revolt in her own caucus around Thanksgiving, Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the House speakership Thursday, becoming the first politician in 58 years to take back the gavel. Pelosi was elected 220-192, with 12 Democrats voting for someone other than the California Democrat and three voting simply “present.” Pelosi’s path back to House speaker wasn’t easy. Part of the reason Republicans were able to win back the House majority in 2010 was through a “Fire Pelosi” campaign that made her toxic in some Republican-leaning districts, and Republicans have run on a similar playbook for every election since, including in 2018. A number of freshman Democrats made promises during the campaign to not support Pelosi if they were elected … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker Of The House
Nicole Gaudiano and Maureen Groppe USA TODAY Published 2:34 PM EST Jan 3, 2019 WASHINGTON – Nancy Pelosi, the only woman to have ever served as House speaker, was re-elected to the post on Thursday as Democrats took control of the House after eight years in the minority. She pledged, in prepared remarks, that this Congress "will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying." “Our nation is at an historic moment,” she said. “Two months ago, the American people spoke, and demanded a new dawn.” Pelosi's gandchildren hugged her as she received a standing ovation from lawmakers and from guests watching from the House gallery when the tally was announced. Pelosi garnered 220 votes to GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy's 192. Eighteen lawmakers voted for someone else and three voted "present." Lawmakers whipped out cell phones to snap pictures of Pelosi as McCarthy handed over the gavel. Women filled most of the first few … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi is elected speaker of the House
House Speaker Paul Ryan Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, following GOP strategy session. Ryan gave a strong defense of President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban to caucus members and said he backs the order, which has created chaos and confusion worldwide. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — It didn't take long for the Washington rumor mills to start buzzing about who will take over as Speaker of the House after Rep. Paul Ryan announced on Wednesday that he would be leaving office come January. Ryan's current number two, Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA,) and majority whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) are both potential heirs; but if the Democrats retake the House in the upcoming election, Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) or Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD,) could take the gavel. "I did not seek this job. I took it reluctantly," said Ryan in a press conference. "But I have given this … [Read more...] about The race to replace Ryan is on. Here are the top contenders for Speaker of the House
On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced he would not run for re-election to Congress in November. Although Ryan said he was not resigning and would serve until his term ends in January (at least for now), speculation about who'll win the battle to replace him as Speaker began instantly. Who will be the next Speaker of the House? One parameter in the race: Republicans are widely expected to lose the House in November. So whoever replaces Ryan would be the Minority Leader in that scenario. If current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remains in her position, she would likely re-emerge as House Speaker, six years after she ceded the gavel when Republicans took control of Congress. Who will replace Paul Ryan? For the sake of argument: If Ryan left tomorrow, who would be the next Speaker of the House? These are the current front-runners for GOP leader. Kevin McCarthy The Congressman from California as tipped to replace Ryan's predecessor, John Boehner, when he … [Read more...] about Who will be the next Speaker of the House?