Pelosi, first woman speaker, to depart Democratic leadership in seismic shift

Source: Politico

“Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful speakers in modern U.S. history, will cede the helm of House Democratic leadership after 20 years and take on an unfamiliar role: Rank-and-file member. Since she reclaimed the top gavel in 2018, the first woman speaker — whose legislative prowess has powered her party’s agenda under four presidents — planned to give it up after this term. Yet her decision became more complicated, she has said, by the brutal assault of her husband Paul last month. ‘I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,’ Pelosi said to a packed chamber that remained pin-drop silent as members took in her decision.” (11/17/22)