House Democrats have opted to once again select Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to run for a fourth term in that same position, despite the critical loss of seats they experienced in the latest election.
Pelosi, who is 80-years-old, will be running for Speaker during the first week of January when the House comes back together for the 117th Congress. Everyone in the House gets to vote on the individuals running for Speaker, including Republicans, which means there aren’t a whole lot of extra votes to help Pelosi reach the 218 she needs to keep the position.
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No Democratic lawmaker challenged Pelosi for the job, and there was little competition down the leadership chain. Majority Whip Steny Hoyer, 81, is expected to be reelected to his post, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries won approval for another term as leader of the Democratic Caucus.
Democrats did not immediately announce the vote tally for Pelosi, or whether she won approval by acclamation.
Democrats approved Pelosi despite doubts, among some, that she should lead the party in the next Congress.
There was only one Democrat who opposed Pelosi as Speaker and that was Rep. Elissa Slotkin from Michigan. Quite a few others said they were still undecided as of Tuesday.
Folks, it’s looking like we’re never, ever going to get rid of Nancy Pelosi. She’s going to haunt us in our dreams.