House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not seek a leadership position. Here’s a look back at his time in the role.
Representative Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that sheas leader of the House Democrats. The current Speaker of the House made history as the first woman elected to the post in 2007.
Pelosi, who currently represents California’s 12th District, which includes much of San Francisco, was first elected to Congress in 1987. She led House Democrats for 19 years and previously served as the Democratic Whip of bedroom.
The 82-year-old has served four nonconsecutive terms as Speaker, being elected each time Democrats have controlled the House since 2007. Here’s a look back at her time as House Speaker.
During her speaking tenure, she focused on health care reform. Under President Obama, Pelosi helped craft the Affordable Care Act, which helped provide affordable health care to more Americans, according to her biography. She also helped mobilize a national campaign in support of the ACA when Trump took office in 2017 and attempted to replace it with “Trumpcare.”
She has also helped pass several climate and energy laws, including the US Clean Energy and Security Act in 2009, which creates clean energy jobs, combats the climate crisis and advances America to a clean energy economy. She recently delivered House passage of the Cutting Inflation Act, which puts the United States on a path to reducing carbon pollution by 40% by 2030.
Pelosi also spearheaded the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The repeal allowed LGBTQ Americans to openly serve in the military. She also passed a law that protected LGBTQ people from hate crimes, called the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. And she passed the Equality Act, which ensures the LGBTQ community has protections in the workplace and elsewhere — twice in the House. He was reintroduced after failing in the Senate.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pelosi negotiated with the Trump administration to secure relief for families and small businesses.
In 2019, she led the House in crafting and enacting the US bailout, which helped get vaccines and help Americans.
In 2015, as Democratic House leader, Pelosi supported the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. She also retaliated against the Trump administration’s ban on transgender members of the military.
When she became Speaker of the House in 2007, Pelosi condemned President George W. Bush’s plans to send more troops to Iraq. She and then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wrote a letter to the president, saying, “Like many of our senior military officials, we do not believe that the addition of American combat troops contributes to the They believe, like us, that there is no purely military solution in Iraq, there is only a political solution.
At the same time, she disapproved of efforts to impeach Bush. In the aftermath of the 2006 midterm elections, Pelosi said impeachment was “out of order” for Bush. She also opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
Prior to Trump’s first impeachment in 2019, Pelosi stuck to her anti-impeachment views, saying she was “not for impeachment,” according to The Associated Press. But in December 2019, Pelosi called for letters of impeachment to be drawn up. “Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, I ask our presidents today to proceed with articles of impeachment,”
The Speaker of the House backed Trump’s second impeachment, following the Jan. 6 uprising. Congress introduced a motion calling on then-Vice President Mike Pence to convene the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Pelosi said if Pence did not respond, the House would proceed with articles of impeachment – which they did.
Pelosi is one of the most prolific Democratic fundraisers in Congress. Since taking over as House Minority Whip in 2002, she has raised more than $1.25 billion for Democratic members of Congress, according to a party tally by The New York Times. More than $275 million of that amount was spent on this cycle alone.
Since Pelosi joined the Democratic leadership in 2002, there have been three Republican speakers. Republican Dennis Hastert was the longest serving Republican president in history, from 1999 to 2007 – less than half of Pelosi’s time as Democratic leader. He resigned in 2007 when the Democrats took a majority. John Boehner, who took over in 2011, resigned in 2015 amid constant Republican rebellions and his successor, Paul Ryan, retired in 2019 with the most divided of all time.
As the Republican Party split, Pelosi remained as leader of the Democratic Party. In 2017, she put down a rebellion among her members when Rep. Tim Ryan challenged her to become Minority Leader. She is famous for keeping her members in line, which led to many legislative achievements in her outfit and especially in the last Congress, where she had one of the slimmest majorities in history.
Even former Republican President Newt Gingrich told the Washington Post that she was “the strongest public speaker in history” given her “ability to organize and build muscle, with very narrow margins, which I would have thought impossible.”
During her tenure as a speaker, she achieved many other personal and professional accomplishments. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013.
Weeks before she was sworn in as a public speaker for the first time, Barbara Walters named Pelosi “Most Fascinating Person of the Year” for 2006. She was also on Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women in the world at three. occasions and was in the top 50 of Forbes 50. list in 2021.
Pelosi has received several honorary degrees from some of the nation’s top universities, most recently from Brown University in 2022.
She is a mother of five and has nine grandchildren – three of whom she fostered during her tenure as a speaker.
Not only was she the first woman to become a public speaker, but she also made history in January 2019, when she regained the position, becoming the first person to do so in over six decades.