Nancy started climbing the Democratic political ladder after relocating to San Francisco, where she made friends with Phillip Burton, a congressman from California’s 5th district. In 1977, she was chosen to serve as Northern California’s party chair.
What is the Speaker of the House?
The speaker of the United States House of Representatives serves as the chamber’s presiding official. It is also known as the speaker of the House.
Article I, Section II, of the U.S. Constitution, created the position in 1789.
Other procedural and administrative tasks are also carried out by speakers.
Given these several roles and responsibilities, the speaker usually does not personally preside over debates—that duty is instead delegated to members of the House from the majority party—or regularly participates in floor debates.
The Constitution does not explicitly require the speaker to be an incumbent member of the House of Representatives, although every speaker thus far has been.
The speaker is second in the United States presidential line of succession, after the vice president and ahead of the president pro tempore of the Senate.
The position of speaker is currently open. Republican from California Kevin McCarthy was the most recent speaker. On January 7, 2023, the first day of the 118th Congress, he was elected.
On October 3, 2023, he was ousted as speaker, making American history’s first motion to vacate-removed speaker of the U.S. House. Until the conclusion of the speaker election, Patrick McHenry is acting as speaker pro tempore.
What happened to the Speaker of the House?
Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi from California resigned as speaker of the House. Liberals and conservatives both shared their thoughts on the development.
Pelosi made preparations to step down as speaker on January 3 following the 2022 midterm elections, which saw the victory of Republicans for the majority in the House.
She announced in November that she would leave her leadership position after the election results, ending her two-decade reign as the leading Democrat in the House of Representatives.
Pelosi stated in a speech she gave at the time that she thought it was time for a new generation to lead the highly regarded Democratic Congress.
She expressed gratitude to the House Democratic Caucus for putting their trust in her, calling them “the greatest assemblage of intelligence, virtue, and vision assembled for the good of the American people.”
The locals in her district were also thanked. She thanked the people of San Francisco and promised to continue serving them.
The reactions to Pelosi’s resignation on Twitter were a reflection of the hatred she encountered from her political rivals and the admiration she found from her allies throughout her time as Speaker.
Who is Nancy Pelosi?
Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician who served as the 52nd speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023.
Her birthday is March 26, 1940. She was a member of the Democratic Party and served as the House Democrats’ leader from 2003 to 2023.
She was the first woman elected Speaker and the first woman to head a major political party in either chamber of Congress.
Pelosi held the position of speaker of the House, which comes second in the presidential line of succession, until Kamala Harris was elected vice president in 2021, making her the highest-ranking woman in American history.
She has been the California representative for the 11th congressional district since 1987. Pelosi was born and raised in Baltimore as the daughter of the city’s mayor and congressman, Thomas D’Alesandro.
She married businessman Paul Pelosi the year after graduating from Trinity College in Washington. During their undergraduate years, the two had grown close.
She was first chosen to represent California in Congress in a special election in 1987, and she is currently serving her 19th term.
Pelosi, who was elected House minority whip in 2001 and promoted to House minority leader a year later, steadily rose through the ranks of the House Democratic Caucus to hold each of those positions for the first time in either chamber of Congress.