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Nancy Pelosi Announces If She Intends to Seek Another Congressional Term

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday she intends to seek another congressional term.

“Now more than ever our City needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery. Our country needs America to show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for ALL. That is why I am running for reelection — and respectfully ask for your vote,” the 83-year-old congresswoman said.

As Politico noted, Pelosi aims to extend her 36-year congressional career. 

From Politico:

Shortly before announcing on Twitter, Pelosi told volunteers she would run again at a breakfast for them near downtown San Francisco, at the lodge of a local union for plumbers and pipefitters. She chose that venue because she wanted to tell her “closest supporters” in labor first, according to a close adviser who was granted anonymity to speak candidly. She has no other public events planned today, the person added.

Pelosi’s decision demonstrates her continued influence even after stepping aside from her Democratic leadership post. Many political observers believed she would vacate her seat when Democrats lost the House in 2022.

But Pelosi, 83, stayed on after the party posted a better-than-expected showing in November. She navigated the shift out of leadership while coping with the aftermath of a brutal attack on her husband, Paul, by an assailant who broke into the couple’s San Francisco home last October. The suspect, David DePape, was looking for the congresswoman, who was in Washington at the time. He faces a slew of state and federal charges, including an attempt to kidnap a federal official.

Social media users questioned Pelosi’s age, considering numerous elderly representatives face health concerns.

The Associated Press noted:

The Pelosi announcement quells any talk of retirement for the long-serving leader, who, with the honorific title of speaker emeritus, remains an influential leader, pivotal party figure and strong fundraiser for Democrats.

It also unfolds as Washington is grappling with the sunset of a political era as an older generation of leaders — including Biden, 80 — face questions about their age. This week, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, 81, said he would finish his term as leader and senator despite concerns about his recent health episodes.

But Pelosi has long charted her own course, from her arrival in Congress as one of few women elected to the House to her tenure as one of the most powerful women in U.S. politics.

Although he faced another freezing episode, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he will finish his term.

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