January 03

Pelosi Holds Onto Speaker of the House Role

By Claire Hardwick

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has had a very busy two years. While keeping the left-leaning Democrats in check and pushing through President Trump’s impeachment process, Pelosi has remained the dominant leader in her chamber. And today, with a vote 216-209 vote, she held onto her power.

After losing 13 House seats this past election, Pelosi’s future as the leader in the House was uncertain. Five Democrats would’t even go to the floor to vote. But Pelosi, who ran without any competition, promised that this would be the last two years she is Speaker of the House, hinting at a potential retirement for the longtime Congressional leader. 

As Biden prepares to enter the White House, Pelosi will play a crucial role in his first 100 days pushing through legislation. Congressman Bowman, who was initially going to vote against Pelosi, said, “Our country needs stability right now. It’s really important for the Democratic Party to come together and figure out not just how to govern for the 117th but going forward for the country.”

With the smallest majority in House history, Pelosi won the Speaker role with every Democrat she could rely on. As Congress heads into a post-Trump era, Pelosi and other Democrats are focused on creating a solid party with little disruption. This unity is a sharp contrast to the upper chamber, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is watching President Trump rip his party in two. With the Georgia election in just a few days, Pelosi keeping her seat may help the Senate Democrats win two more seats, and get the majority they need to pass legislation in Congress. 

Why this matters: The Democrats faced a similar fate to the Republican Party in 2020. With progressives taking over the narrative, Biden almost lost the primary race to a candidate who had no chance of beating President Trump. Instead, the party pulled together, put a cap on the extremists, and provided a unified front to undecided and independent voters. If the Republicans lose Georgia on Tuesday, we will see the result of the party’s two different approaches to how they treat one another, and the effect it has on voter turnout. While Republican senators are putting all their eggs into he Trump basket, the shift in power is dramatically tilting towards the Democrats’ favor. If party leaders cannot organize and rebrand, Republicans will see the consequences.