Nancy Pelosi praised the Democrats after the US midterm elections results gave a majority to the Republicans in the US House of Representatives. She has served the Democratic House leader for almost two decades and is the only woman to be elected speaker, serving in two stretches and under four presidents.
She tweeted: “This year, House Democrats defied expectations with an excellent performance: running their races with courage, optimism and determination.
“In the next Congress, House Democrats will continue to play a leading role in supporting President Biden’s agenda — with strong leverage over a scant Republican majority.
“House Democrats are thrilled to have so many terrific new and returning Members to the House, who will reinvigorate our Caucus with their energy, diversity and patriotism.
“We salute our departing Members for their magnificent leadership, achieving landmark progress on health care, climate action, infrastructure, gun violence, veterans and more that can never be diminished.
“At least three critical states are still counting ballots. We are endlessly grateful to those who continue their patriotic work to ensure each vote is counted as cast.”
According to Bloomberg, 52-year-old Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Representative Hakeem Jeffries, is like to be the heir apparent to Ms Pelosi.
Mr Jeffries has been the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus since 2019, and he has also taken on other leadership roles, most notably as one of seven House managers in the first impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Other Democrats expected to seek leadership roles are Massachusetts Representative Katherine Clark, 59, who is the No. 4 House Democrat, and Washington State Representative Pramila Jayapal, 57, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
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Ms Pelosi, a master legislative tactician, was elected speaker again in January 2019 after she had led Democrats back to the majority in the 2018 mid-term elections under Trump.
However to secure the role, she had to acquiesce to a term-limit push from factions within her caucus and commit to not seeking the gavel or top House party post beyond the term that ends in January.
The House is narrowly divided, with the current Democratic majority holding 220 seats. Democrats have won 211 seats so far for the next Congress.
Republicans won 218 seats in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday in the recent midterm elections which concluded last week.
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The final call came after more than a week of ballot counting, when Edison Research projected Republicans had won the 218 seats they needed to scrape back control of the House.
Some of the winners that emerged on Wednesday include Democrat Karen Bass, who won the race for mayor of Los Angeles, becoming the first woman elected to lead the nation’s second-largest city.