Pelosi to step down from Dem leadership

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) announced Thursday that she was stepping down from Democratic leadership.

Politico reported that she will forgo another run for House leadership, but will keep her seat. It comes the day after control of the House was called for Republicans.

According to the political news site, she had already been considering stepping down from the leadership after this term. But the attack on her husband Paul Pelosi last month complicated things.

Politico reported the move paves the way for current caucus chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), to succeed her.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund praised Pelosi for her leadership.

“Her announcement today is a bittersweet moment,” Victory Fund CEO Annise Park said in a statement. “Sweet in that she leaves an incredible legacy on equality issues and bitter in that she will be forever missed as Speaker. We are grateful for her decades of service to the LGBTQ community and all Americans and trust she will remain one of our most powerful allies in Congress.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) said that she would be remembered for being the first female Speaker of the House and her effectiveness.

“Her leadership will be sorely missed but I am confident that her influence on our party, and on the nation, will still be felt for decades,” he said.

Just minutes after Pelosi’s announcement, Stenny Hoyer also announced he was stepping down from leadership. He has served as the number two Democrat in the House.

“I believe that it is time for me, however, to continue my service in a different role. Therefore, I have decided not to seek elected leadership in the 118th Congress,” Hoyer said in a statement sent to Politico.

U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) is expected to be the top contender, Politico reported.