Nancy Pelosi Is Narrowly Re-Elected as House Speaker | 22 Words

Now, this was a truly close call...

Because Nancy Pelosi has made history yet again.

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She was re-elected to represent the House yesterday on January 3rd after narrowly pinching the victory from her Republican opponent, Kevin McCarthy.

She is the only woman to ever hold the position.

After getting voted in 2006, she represented the House until 2011 and then again in 2018 after the Democrats took back the majority.

Now, Pelosi has always been involved in politics...

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Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the Democratic Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr who gave her the responsibility of keeping track of people that owed him political favors.

And after a long and illustrious career, she has established herself as "the most powerful woman in U.S politics."

At the age of forty-seven, she was encouraged to run for congresswoman by another female politician and managed to secure the seat. She was sworn in with her father beside her side in what has been described as a "touching" moment.

As a member of the House, she stood up for what she believed in.

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While others shied away from topics that were regarded as "controversial" at the time, Pelosi took control of them, becoming an advocate for LGBTQ rights and the AIDS crisis.

Not only that, but she was also one of the creators of the 1994 assault-weapons ban...

And she was backed by other prominent politicians at the time, including Rep. Chuck Schumer.

But it was in 2002 when she had her biggest breakthrough.

After Dick Gephardt stepped down as minority leader, Pelosi took on the role, becoming the first woman to ever lead a party in Congress.

Now, at the ripe age of eighty, she has one of the most illustrious careers in U.S history.

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While she was a trailblazer back in the day, these days it seems as though she's losing her popularity.

However, she still took control of the House as Speaker for her fourth and final term...

But just by a slight margin. She received a total of 216 votes with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy receiving 209.

But not everyone's happy about the result...

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Even members of her own party were not particularly pleased with the outcome.

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One of those members is Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin who said: "I'm not supporting the Speaker. I'll be voting present because no one stepped up to run against her. It's a commitment that I made in March of 2018 before I was elected."

"If Nancy can do anything, it is that she knows how to count," added Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Democrat from Virginia.

"She is very aware of the fact that with a slim majority - with some members who voted against her two years ago - there is gonna have to be an effort to persuade them that that was then and this is now. We cannot afford to have uncertainty about the speakership," Connolly added.

We'll just have to see what her final term brings...

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