Nancy Pelosi reelected as House speaker

Nancy Pelosi reelected as House speaker

[Ed. – Now that she’s feeling loved again, time for her to retire.]

The House reelected Nancy Pelosi as speaker on Sunday, extending the Democrat’s second stint leading the chamber.

Pelosi, the only woman to serve as speaker, will hold the job for a fourth term. The 80-year-old reclaimed the gavel in 2019 after eight years of Republican control. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California will lead the GOP for a second term.

Pelosi got 216 votes, while McCarthy received 209. Five Democrats did not support Pelosi. Three voted “present,” one supported Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and another backed Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

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The California Democrat leads a thinner majority after the GOP flipped at least 10 seats in the 2020 elections. Her party entered Sunday with an estimated 222 members, four more than the 218 needed for a majority in the full House.

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