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Pelosi to remain as leader of House Dems, official says

By Jim Abrams and Laurie Kellman

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:10 a.m. HST, Nov 14, 2012

WASHINGTON » A congressional official said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told her party caucus today that she will remain as minority leader in the new session of Congress.

This official said the 72-year-old Pelosi made the decision to remain at the helm of the party's House leadership even though Democrats failed to win the necessary 25 additional seats to become the majority party again.

The official, who is close to Pelosi, revealed her decision on condition of anonymity because she hadn't yet publicly announced it.

Pelosi's quarter-century of service in Congress representing a San Francisco area district in the House includes becoming the first woman in history to serve as speaker. The tea party-fueled political wave of 2010 forced the gavel from her hand to Rep. John Boehner, an Ohio Republican.

Pelosi was a major force behind the passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Even after the 2010 elections, when her party lost 63 seats, Pelosi was reelected Democratic leader by her caucus.

Pelosi's colleagues had said for days that the top leadership post was hers if she wanted it in the next Congress that begins in January. She refused to reveal her plans for a week after the Nov. 6 elections failed to give Democrats gain they wanted.

It was a crushing, but not unexpected result of a bitter year of elections that focused on the tight contests for president and control of the Senate. Throughout, Pelosi raised millions of dollars for Democratic House candidates and insisted that the 25 seat gain was within reach. But in the end, Democrats will gain at most eight seats and Republicans will keep their majority.

Waiting in the wings of Democratic ranks was Pelosi's deputy, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the party whip, whom she has known since they were congressional interns, and North Carolina Democrat James Clyburn, assistant to the Democratic leader.

Pelosi is the daughter and sister of former Baltimore mayors. Her father, Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., served as mayor of Baltimore for 12 years after representing the city for five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, also served as mayor.

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noheawilli wrote:
Here's to more bills that we have to make law in order to understand what it contains!
on November 14,2012 | 05:54AM
cojef wrote:
You got it! Her famous retort when asked about the 2,000 plus pages health care bill, we will read it after we pass it. How grown people could chose to return her the chairmanship is beyond sane judgement. While the Chairman, in the 1st two years of Obama's presidency, commandeered a military plane for beck and call. Big deal, and she made good use of it at taxpayers expense. She is parasite using the public trough for her personal use.
on November 14,2012 | 06:18AM
hawaiikone wrote:
on November 14,2012 | 06:18AM
MakaniKai wrote:
I do not understand the mindset that continues to re-elect this carpetbagger. She is just plain old pilau! And I agree Ms. Pelosi is a “is parasite using the public trough for her personal use.” The simpletons buy their garbage! Cali like the Nei voted for (recycled) “flower children” as their 21st century Governors! God help the U.S. Constitution. Aloha.
on November 14,2012 | 07:23AM
surless wrote:
To all you conservative Pelosi bashers, I've got something to give you which I hope will give you heartburn (though I'd rather give you the middle finger). Obama re-elected, winning every swing state (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Virgina.) -Democrats gain seats in both the House & Senate ( 2 from 51 2 to 53 2 Inde.), retaining control of the Senate. -Maryland, Maine, and Washington all voted FOR Marriage Equality. Minnesota rejects bigoted anti-gay mariage amendment. -Iowa judge David Wiggins who upheld Marriage Equality in his state won reelection despite a concentrated effort to unseat him. -Sherrod Brown retained his Senate seat despite being the most heavily targeted Democratic Senator in the country by the Right Wing SuperPAC's. -Wisconsin elected the nations' first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin. -Tammy Duckworth took out "deadbeat dad" and all-around super-douchbag Joe Walsh. Massachusetts passes a law allowing medical Marijuana. -Montana declares corporations are NOT PEOPLE. -Democrats win Senate seats in deep red North Dakota & West Virginia (Heidi Heitkamp & Joe Manchin.) -The "Redefine Rape" guys, Todd Akin, Roscoe Bartlett & Richard Mourdock all lost... BIG. (side note: Akin & Bartlet were also both on the House Science Committee. No joke.) -Conservative nutjob Allen West of Florida is out (but not gracefully). -Democrats win Senate seats in deep red North Dakota & West Virginia (Heidi Heitkamp & Joe Manchin.) -Most women in Senate ever (20). -Obama becomes first Democrat since FDR to win two elections with more than 50% of the popular vote. -Obama won 70% of the Jewish vote despite all the fear-mongering over Israel. -Obama won 73% of the Asian vote. -Obama won 71% of the Latino vote. -Democrats have won the popular vote in 5 of the past 6 presidential elections (2004 being the outlier.)
on November 14,2012 | 10:03AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Hi Nancy. Surprised you can write, we all know you can't read.
on November 15,2012 | 06:02AM
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