House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the announcement that she will step down from her position on Thursday. Pelosi has served as the leader of the House Democrats for the past two decades and has established a history for herself as one of the most influential and divisive personalities in American politics.
Pelosi’s lengthy tenure as Speaker of the House became a source of contention within her own party. She promised Democrats that she would step down from her leadership position by the year 2022, which helped her win the gavel following the elections in 2018.
Even though the vote won’t happen until the 30th of November, it seems like New York Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who is 52 years old, will be the next leader of the House Democrats.
After giving her address on Thursday, Pelosi refused to comment to the press about who she would back. However, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn both declared that they would likewise step aside from their respective leadership seats and endorsed Hakeem Jeffries as the candidate to succeed Nancy Pelosi.
Hoyer predicted that Jeffries “will make history for the institution of the House and for our country.” [Citation needed] Clyburn went on to say that he hoped Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Representative Pete Aguilar of California would join Representative Hakeem Jeffries in the House Democratic leadership.
Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio, who is the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told CNN before Pelosi’s announcement that she anticipates her caucus will throw their support behind Jeffries and help him become the first Black House Democratic leader. Jeffries is a candidate for the position of House Democratic leader.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who is retiring after serving as head of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), told CNN that Rep. Hakeem Jeffries “is prepared for the moment” if Nancy Pelosi steps down. Butterfield expressed his belief that Jeffries would participate in the election.
Pelosi disclosed to CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday’s edition of “State of the Union” that members of her caucus had requested her to “consider” participating in the party’s leadership elections scheduled for the end of the month. She continued by saying, “But, again, let’s just get through the election.”
The longstanding Democratic leader has previously stated that any decision to run again would be influenced by his family and his colleagues. And as we move forward to prepare for the Congress that is right around the corner, what we want to do is move forward in a really unified manner.
Despite this, there is a lot riding on the outcome of the presidential election, therefore the stakes are high. As a result, the basis for my choice will once more be the desires of both my family and the members of my caucus, she explained further. “But until we see what the overall result of all of this is, none of this will be given a great deal of consideration.” And there are many different channels through which one can exert influence.