Rep. Nancy Pelosi broke new ground in 2007 when she became the first woman ever to ascend to the House Speakership. On Thursday, twelve years later, she’s took the gavel once more, following a midterm wave that will give Democrats control of the lower chamber for the first time in nearly a decade.
Almost all Democrats voted for Pelosi, even after a brief rebellion in November when a faction of Democrats attempted to present an alternative as speaker nominee.
The power shift at once distinguishes Pelosi as the most potent Democrat in the country; puts her in the driver’s seat of the Democrats’ delicate effort to be a check on President Trump and his administration; and makes her the face of the party heading into the crucial 2020 election cycle — at least until a Democratic presidential nominee emerges.
The feat of taking the gavel in nonconsecutive Congresses also secures Pelosi a place in the record books, alongside such historic figures as Reps. Henry Clay and Sam Rayburn (D-Texas), who was the last to do so, more than 60 years ago.
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