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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she is stepping down as a Democratic leader in Congress.
“Never did I think I’d go from homemaker to House Speaker,” Pelosi said in remarks from the House floor.
Pelosi, 82, has been a leader among congressional Democrats for 20 years. She said she wouldn’t run for leadership again, but plans to remain as a House lawmaker.
“The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect,” she said.
Axios reported that many consider Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) to be Pelosi’s natural successor.
Pelosi wasn’t the only seasoned Democrat to announce that they would be stepping away from their leadership roles.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), 83, and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), 82, both announced they would also not be running for leadership again while remaining in Congress.
Pelosi’s announcement came shortly after Republicans won control of the House.
“The Speaker and I have disagreed frequently and forcefully over the years, but I have seen firsthand the depth and intensity of her commitment to public service,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a statement.
“There is no question that the impact of Speaker Pelosi’s consequential and path-breaking career will long endure,” he added.