Nancy Pelosi, the longest-serving woman in American congressional history and the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, announced on Friday that she will run for reelection in 2024.
Pelosi, 83, made the announcement at a breakfast with volunteers in San Francisco. She said she is running to “advance San Francisco values and further our recovery” and to “show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for ALL.”
Pelosi has been a member of Congress since 1987. She served as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2022. She is the only woman to have held the position.
Pelosi’s announcement comes as Democrats are facing an uphill battle to retain control of the House in the 2024 elections. The party is expected to lose seats in the midterm elections, but Pelosi said she is confident that Democrats can maintain their majority.
“We have a lot of work to do, but I am confident that we can win in 2024,” Pelosi said. “We have the best ideas, the best candidates, and the best record.”
Pelosi’s decision to run for reelection is likely to be met with mixed reactions. Some Democrats may be concerned that she is too old or too polarizing to be an effective candidate. However, Pelosi is also a fundraising powerhouse and a skilled political operator. She is likely to be a strong contender for reelection.
The 2024 election is still two years away, but Pelosi’s announcement is a major development in the race for control of the House. Her decision to run for reelection will give Democrats a boost and make it more difficult for Republicans to take control of the chamber.
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