Nancy Pelosi: Is She Planning On Staying In Congress?

Nancy Pelosi gave up her position as Speaker of the House in 2022. However, she remained in Congress as a representative. Many are now left wondering if former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will pursue reelection to keep the seat she’s held in Congress for over 36 years.

Since 1987 Pelosi has represented San Fransisco, one of the most liberal cities in America, in Congress. Now that it’s 2023, the former Speaker of the House may be reaching the end of her political career. Congressional Democrats are in for quite the shift as the Pelosi era finally comes to an end.

Pelosi has yet to reveal what her intentions are when it comes to the 2024 election. If she does decide against reelection until the last second, AKA the December 8 deadline, then any potential candidates will have an extra five days to file. The official nominating process starts mind-August.

Her team has fundraised over $3.5 million in the first half of 2023 for her future reelection efforts. This funding may indicate that she may not be ready to give up her position of power just yet. However, Pelosi has not mentioned much about her future on Capitol Hill.

Some (more than likely left-leaning) political analysts suggest that Pelosi’s favorability could allow her to help boost the campaigns of other Democrats if she does run again, and later resign to prompt a special election to find a new representative to fill her seat.

Although, according to a Statista survey conducted in January 2023, 36% of respondents had a very unfavorable opinion of the California representative. In contrast, just 19% of respondents had a very favorable view of the Speaker.

Some would call Pelosi the most influential woman in American politics. Others would call her a shrewd politician. Earlier in her career, Pelosi would use what she would frequently call her “mother of five voice” to push for unity. Well, things have changed quite a bit since then.

Fast forward to 2021-2023, Pelosi’s Democratic majority proposed eliminating “mother” and other languages deemed insufficiently gender-inclusive from the House rules. Regardless of which party you support, one thing we know for sure about Pelosi is her dedication to the Democratic party.