It now appears clear that Nancy Pelosi (D), who represents California’s 5th district in the US House, will once again be that body’s speaker when the new session begins in January 2019.
Pelosi was the Speaker from January 2007 to January 2011. At the end of that period her party lost its majority, but Pelosi has remained leader of the House Democrats since, and was seen as the logical default choice for Speaker should they regain that majority, as they now have.
But she is 78 years old, and there is a lot of sentiment among younger members of the party that the party’s Old Guard must give way to new blood.
In the days since the midterm Pelosi has had to ‘work the room.’ She has done it well, too. She has, for example, won the support of Marcia Fudge (D), a Congresswoman from Ohio who was considering throwing her own hat in this ring.
The Thing to Know:
President Trump at one point offered to swing some votes to Pelosi if necessary to make her Speaker. He would surely have relished having a Speaker who was beholden to him, but she is ready to prevail in this matter without his help.