House Democrats on Wednesday voted to renominate Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to continue in her position next year despite losing seats in the Nov. 3 election.
Pelosi, 80, has clashed with younger left-wing lawmakers including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 31, who want Democrats to embrace single-payer health care and dramatic environmental reform, and she still must win an early January vote in the more narrowly divided House.
“Congratulations to @SpeakerPelosi, once again elected by House Democrats to be our fearless leader and nominee for Speaker of the House for the 117th Congress!” tweeted the House Democratic Caucus.
House Democrats are also expected to nominate Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, 81, of Maryland and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, 80, of South Carolina, for new terms. The octogenarian trio has led the Democratic caucus for the last 14 years.
Pelosi is San Francisco’s longtime representative and is known for effectively whipping Democrats to back her top-down legislating style, while often belittling