Nancy Pelosi re-elected House Minority Leader with narrowest margin in decades

WASHINGTON (TIP): On November 30, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was re-elected to her leadership post for an eighth term, beating Representative Tim Ryan, a 43-year-old congressman from Ohio. Pelosi’s margin of victory, 134 votes to 63 for Ryan was the narrowest margin in decades. With this victory Pelosi, a former speaker of the House, continues her 14-year leadership of the Democrats in the lower chamber.

In a tweet, Pelosi said, “Honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve as Democratic Leader. Let’s get to work.

Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history. As the Democratic Leader, Pelosi is fighting for bigger paychecks and better infrastructure for America’s middle class families. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement.

For 29 years, Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, in Congress. She has led House Democrats for more than 12 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip.

Under the leadership of Pelosi, the 111th Congress was heralded as “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. President Barack Obama called Speaker Pelosi “an extraordinary leader for the American people,” and the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “‚Ķmake no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics and the most powerful House Speaker since Sam Rayburn a half century ago.”