Pelosi Reelected as Speaker as Congress Begins New Session

by Henry Rodgers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was officially reelected to her leadership position for the 117th Congress on Sunday.

In a 216-208 vote, Pelosi was reelected as House speaker. Pelosi launched her bid on Nov. 6 in a letter to her Democratic colleagues, congratulating them on maintaining a majority in the House. The vote was closer than expected due to the Democrats’ small majority as well as members being out due to positive COVID-19 tests.

After the November elections, Pelosi told Democrats that their party had “a mandate.” Democrats in the House reportedly voiced their concerns about the future of the party with Pelosi in a caucus call, as the party did not expand their majority but instead lost several seats. Virginia Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger was reportedly the most vocal, causing Pelosi to fire back saying Democrats have a “mandate.”

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