Just in! According to ABC News ….House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is stepping down from House Democratic leadership but will remain in Congress
Pelosi, 82, made the announcement in a dramatic floor speech on Thursday after gaveling the House into session as she received a standing ovation from her colleagues.
“I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi said, noting she will continue to represent her California district. “The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect.”
The first woman to hold House speakership — Pelosi is the Democratic Party’s longest-serving House leader.
Her decision will have a major impact on Democrats in their new position as House minority.
BREAKING: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress. For me the hour's come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 17, 2022
Pelosi’s spokesperson Drew Hammil said Wednesday she planned to make remarks on her political future, doing so just hours after ABC News projected that Republicans had officially won majority control in the U.S. House, ending a four-year Democratic majority despite a strong midterm showing for the party.
A source told ABC News Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott that Pelosi took home two different versions of floor speeches Wednesday night.
As she arrived at the Capitol Thursday morning, Pelosi, wearing white and flanked by her top aides, did not respond to questions about her political future.
.@SpeakerPelosi dressed in winter white arrived at the Capitol this morning flanked by her top her aides. She did not respond to questions about her political future w/ @rachelvscott pic.twitter.com/5hRrde7ZrU
— Lauren Peller (@lauren_peller) November 17, 2022
Pelosi had said the attack on her husband Paul would impact her decision to stay in House leadership post-midterms. Prior to the attack, several members have called for a younger generation of Democratic leadership. The top three Democrats in the House are all in their eighties.
Pelosi issued a statement after the House was called for Republicans, saying House Democrats “defied expectations” this cycle after predictions of a “red wave.”
As of Thursday morning, Republicans had captured 218 seats in the chamber compared to Democrats 211.