Democrats nominate Pelosi for next House Speaker

Democrats nominate Pelosi for next House Speaker

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly press conference, March 15, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Douglas Christian)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo ©2018 Douglas Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – House Democrats Wednesday afternoon nominated Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for speaker in the next congress.

Pelosi did not face a challenger.

Two-hundred-and-three Democrats voted yes. Thirty-two Democrats voted no.

Pelosi will need 218 votes to be elected speaker in January.

Democrats won 234 House seats during the midterm elections. Republicans won 200 House seats. One race has yet to be called.

The Hill reported Thursday that Pelosi struck a deal with the Problem Solvers Caucus to back rule changes the 40-member bipartisan group had requested. Nine Democrats in the group had said they would withhold their votes. The deal likely ensures Pelosi’s election.

“I think we’re in pretty good shape,” Pelosi said at an informal news conference Thursday as caucus members voted.

Pelosi, 78, has served in Congress since 1987. She has served as minority leader since 2011, when Republicans took control of Congress. Pelosi served as the speaker for the four years preceding that period.

House Democrats today elected Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) Majority Leader, Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (S.C.) Majority Whip, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.) Assistant Democratic Leader and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) Democratic Caucus chair.

House Republicans held elections earlier this month.

The 116th Congress convenes on Jan. 3, 2019.

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