(DCWatchdog.com) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Twitter that she would be seeking reelection.
In the brief Twitter statement, Pelosi wrote that while Democrats had made progress, “much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. This election is crucial: nothing less is at stake than our Democracy.”
Pelosi, who will be turning 82 in March, has served 18 full terms in the House of Representatives, but only as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011 then again from 2019 when she agreed to limit her time as Speaker to four years to appease enough Democrats and earn her the vote.
Following the 2020 election victory, when asked how long she planned to stay in leadership, Pelosi responded by saying, “there was a move to put limits on the leadership and the chairs of committees. They said they were going to do it, they didn’t do it.”
She continued by saying that she would “abide by those limits” as she had previously said she would “whether it passes or not.” However, she alluded to regret saying, “I don’t want to undermine any leverage I may have, but I made the statement.”
Her announcement that she would be seeking reelection has added fuel to rumors that Pelosi would not be ruling out another bid to control the Speaker’s gavel should Democrats retain the majority in the House after the midterms. But, that may be unlikely as many predict Republicans will reclaim the majority in the House after President Biden’s tumultuous year and plummeting approval ratings.
Her statements also show that Pelosi is unwilling to give up fighting for Democrat priorities. In the video attached to the Twitter statement, Pelosi says, “Our vision for a world at peace requires a strong Democracy at home.” She continues, saying the U.S. “democracy is at risk because of assaults on the truth,” before pivoting to voting rights, mentioning that “Nothing less is at stake than our Democracy.” Pelosi then concludes her video statement, revealing why she sought reelection in Congress.