U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said she will seek to stay on as head of the U.S. House of Representatives if her fellow Democrats keep their majority after the Nov. 3 general election, cementing her hold on the party as it seeks to regain control of the White House and the Senate.
Asked if she planned to run for another term as U.S. House speaker if her political party maintains control, she told CNN in an interview: “Yes, I am.”
Pelosi, 80, again took the mantle of House speaker after her Democrats won the lower chamber of Congress in 2018, two years into Republican President Donald Trump’s term. She previously held the top job of speaker from 2007 to 2011.
While a small but vocal group of Democrats had urged a change in leadership to make way for a younger generation of party leaders, Pelosi has proven herself a tough counterweight to Trump and presided over his impeachment even as she has become a political bunching bag for Republicans.
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the party’s more liberal wing who was among a wave of new Democrats who swept into the House in 2018, had pushed for fresh leadership before Democrats coalesced around Pelosi.