Nancy Pelosi elected as Speaker of the US House of Representatives

Nancy Pelosi was elected as speaker of the US House of Representatives for 2019-2020. 

Most congressmen expressed their support for her candidacy. 220 congressmen voted for Pelosi, while for her opponent from the Republican Party Kevin McCarthy – 192. 

Pelosi said she was looking forward to working with her party colleagues and with the Republicans, but noted that this would not be so easy. 

“We have no illusions that our work will be easy and that all of us in this chamber will always reach agreement. But let’s each of us commit ourselves when we disagree that we will respect each other and we will respect the truth,” Pelosi said. 

The Democrats, winning 40 seats in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections in November 2018, gained control of it for the first time since 2011. 

Pelosi is 78 years old. She has headed Democrats in the House of Representatives since 2003. In 2007–2011, she was the first woman – speaker of the House of Representatives. After losing the Democrats in the mid-term elections in 2010, once again became the leader of the parliamentary minority. 

After the Democrats won the majority in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018, Pelosi announced her intention to run again for the post of speaker. According to her, she enjoys the general support of the Democrats.

Tom Tompson
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