Nancy Pelosi — the first woman Speaker of the House — is soon to become the first woman ex-Speaker of the House.
But the trouncing of House Democrats in Tuesday’s elections, which flipped control of that chamber to Republicans, has not deterred Pelosi from wanting to hang onto the leadership reins.
She announced on Twitter and in a letter to her colleagues that she will run for House Minority Leader in the new Congress. It’s a position she held before becoming House Speaker — third in line to the presidency – in 2007.
And back then it was also a first. Pelosi became the first woman to lead a major party in the House when she was chosen as minority leader to replace Dick Gephardt, who stepped down after disappointing results in the 2002 midterms.
Before she made her intention public, some members of her caucus were quite publicly saying they wanted somebody different in the minority leader chair.