New Party Leader Bid Nancy Pelosi – The 82-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that she would be stepping down from the Democrats’ highest-ranking house member on Thursday as the party seeks to put youth to the leadership.
The Californian lawmaker had served as the chamber’s top Democrat since 2002. She set a record by getting elected as the first female Speaker of the U.S. House in 2007.
In an emotional address to the House, Pelosi remarked, “For me, the hour has arrived for a new generation to lead and manage the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect, and I am thankful that so many are willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility.”
Pelosi’s stepping down has raised the question of who would be the new party leader bid to replace Nancy Pelosi.
According to some reports, House Democrats will hold their leadership elections the week following Thanksgiving.
In this article, let’s check out the most likely names that could potentially be the new party leader bid to replace Nancy Pelosi.
New Party Leader Bid – Who Might Replace Nancy Pelosi
Here is a list of personalities who might become the new party leader bid to replace Nancy Pelosi –
Republican Hakeem Jeffries, 52, the current Democratic Caucus chairman since 2019, announced his new party leader bid to replace Nancy Pelosi as Democratic House leader a day after she announced to step down. He served as an impeachment director in the first impeachment trial of U.S. former President Donald Trump.
In his letter to his colleagues requesting their support, Jeffries wrote, “When I sought the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus in the past two terms, none of us could have anticipated the challenges the American people would face in the future.”
He added, “Time and time again, throughout enormous turmoil for our country, House Democrats rose to the occasion. Today, I humbly ask for your endorsement for the role of House Democratic Leader as we once again attempt to meet the moment.”
He summarised his guiding principles for his run and stated, “Our top non-governmental priority, for the sake of our country’s people, must be retaking the majority in November 2024.”
If Jeffries is successful, he will create history by being the first Black leader of a congressional caucus and the highest-rank holder Black lawmaker on Capitol Hill.
Jeffries was elected to Congress in 2012 and co-authored the First Step Act. His biggest legislative achievement was the big bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that Trump approved in 2018.
Republican Katherine Clark, 59, has been the United States House Representative for Massachusett‘s 5th Congressional District since 2013. She serves as an Assistant House Democratic Leader (Assistant Speaker), the fourth-highest-ranking House Democrat since 2021, and has worked as the two women in party leadership alongside Pelosi.
Katherine Clark could be the new party leader bid to replace Nancy Pelosi.
Republican Pete Aguilar, 43, is the U.S. House Representative of California‘s 31st Congressional District. He has declared his bid for Jeffries’s current role as Caucus chair. Pete currently works as the Democratic caucus vice chair. He is the highest-ranking Latino in Congress and became more famous as a member of the Select House Committee inquiring about the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack.
Pete could gain the position as the Democrats’ third-ranking House member if he succeeds to becomes the new caucus chair.
As Nancy aspires to put in the new generation to serve the nation, the three listed names would represent a younger and more diverse leader for a party whose base comprises younger voters and people of color.
She released a statement on Friday that describes “Pride, gratitude, and confidence in their abilities. A new day is dawning, and I am 100% sure these new administrators will capably lead our Caucus and the Congress.”
Her stepping down as Democrat leader fulfilled her promise to serve only for four years after she got reelected in 2019.
However, she is not only the one to move away from her position. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has also declared not to run for a leadership position in the next Congress. Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., will also step down as assistant Democratic Leader.
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