House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealed on Thursday that she is not seeking reelection as the Democrat House leader.
“This I will continue to do as a member of the House speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California, and defending our Constitution, and with great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi mentioned on the House floor.
“The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic Caucus that I greatly respect,” she went on to say.
Pelosi resigns as House Democratic leader after Republicans retake the chamber in the midterm elections. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the Republican nominee to replace Pelosi as House Speaker. McCarthy needs 218 votes on the House floor in early 2023, at the start of the new Congress, to get there.
She served as House Speaker twice and has represented her California district since 1987.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) may succeed Pelosi as House Democratic leader. Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that she would remain in Congress but leave leadership to help guide Jeffries, her chosen successor, as he assumes Democratic leadership.