Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, declared her intention to seek reelection in 2024. Pelosi initially unveiled her plans during a breakfast gathering with volunteers in San Francisco, later confirming her decision on the social media platform now known as X.
In her online statement, she emphasized the pressing need to uphold San Francisco’s values and contribute to the ongoing recovery. Pelosi underscored the importance of the United States demonstrating its enduring commitment to liberty and justice for all on the global stage, citing this as a primary reason for her reelection bid. She respectfully requested the support of the public, urging them to cast their votes in her favor.
Pelosi’s announcement coincides with the Democrats’ pursuit of regaining control of the House of Representatives after experiencing a loss of nine seats in the 2022 midterm election.
Questions surrounding Pelosi’s political future had arisen since the 83-year-old former Democratic leader had previously announced in November of the prior year that she would not pursue another term in party leadership. Notably, Pelosi made history as the first woman elected as Speaker of the House in 2007. She served in this capacity until 2011 when Republicans regained control of the chamber. Subsequently, she was reelected as Speaker in 2019, becoming the first since Sam Rayburn to secure the speakership twice. In November 2022, she revealed her decision to step down from leadership and endorsed Representative Hakeem Jeffries to lead the Democratic caucus.