House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that she would be seeking another term in the House.
The 81-year-old Democratic leader said she was running for a 19th term because ‘nothing less is at stake than our democracy.’
‘While we have made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. Our democracy is at risk because of assaults on the truth, the assault on the U. S. Capitol and the state-by-state assault on voting rights,’ she said in a video message.
‘This election is crucial,’ she continued. ‘But as we say, we don’t agonize, we organize, and that is why I’m running for re-election to Congress and respectfully seek your support,’ Pelosi added.
The announcement comes as a filing deadline approached for candidacy in her San Francisco, California district.
Pelosi didn’t pledge in her video that she would serve a full term – nor did she say anything about maintaining her leadership position.
Current polling, a slew of retirements and historic precedent indicate Democrats are on track to lose control of the House in the November midterm elections.
Earlier Tuesday, Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat who represents Nashville, Tennessee, announced he would retire at the end of this term.
The top three Democratic House leaders are all their 80s, which has raised questions about who will take over the caucus once Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn take a bow.
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