Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who stepped down from her leadership role last year, said Friday that she will run for reelection to her congressional seat in 2024. The 83-year-old Democrat made the announcement on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, amid speculation that she might retire after serving more than three decades in the House of Representatives.
Pelosi says San Francisco needs her to advance its values
Pelosi represents California’s 12th congressional district, which covers most of San Francisco. She said in her tweet that she wants to continue to serve her constituents and promote their values in Washington.
“Now more than ever our City needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery,” Pelosi wrote. “Our country needs America to show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for ALL. That is why I am running for reelection — and respectfully ask for your vote.”
Pelosi is widely popular in her district, where she won more than 80% of the vote in the 2020 election. She is expected to face little opposition from Republicans or Democrats in her reelection bid.
Pelosi remains influential as speaker emeritus
Pelosi made history as the first woman to become speaker of the House in 2007, and again in 2019 when she regained the gavel after Democrats won back the majority. She led the party through major legislative achievements, such as the passage of the Affordable Care Act, as well as turbulent times with two impeachments of former President Donald Trump and the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Pelosi stepped down as speaker at the end of 2022, honoring a pledge she made to limit her tenure as leader. She passed the torch to current House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., who praised her as a “legendary” and “transformational” figure.
As speaker emeritus, Pelosi remains an influential lawmaker, a pivotal party figure and a strong fundraiser for Democrats. She also continues to be a vocal critic of Trump and his allies, who have tried to undermine the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s administration.
Pelosi dismisses age concerns amid changing political landscape
Pelosi’s announcement comes as Washington is grappling with the sunset of a political era as an older generation of leaders faces questions about their age and health. Biden, who is 80 years old, has faced doubts about his mental acuity and stamina from his opponents and some voters. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who is 81 years old, said this week that he would finish his term as leader and senator despite concerns about his recent health episodes.
Pelosi has dismissed any age-related criticism, saying that she is in good shape and has a lot of experience and wisdom to offer. She has also defended Biden against similar attacks, saying that he is “a kid” to her.
Pelosi’s announcement also comes amid a changing political landscape, as Republicans now control the House by a narrow margin and Democrats hope to regain power in 2024. Pelosi said she is confident that Democrats will win back the majority and that Biden will win a second term.