Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has spent more than three decades serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced a bid for re-election on Tuesday.
The long-serving lawmaker, who will turn 82-years-old in March, has managed to remain the House’s top Democrat since 2003, serving either as House minority leader or House speaker, depending on whether her party held the majority. After serving as House minority leader for two terms, she became the chamber’s first female speaker in 2007.
But Pelosi, who is currently serving her fourth term as Speaker, made a pledge in 2018 that would preclude her from pursuing any additional terms as speaker, if she keeps her promise.
In 2018, the lawmaker issued a statement in which she said that she would abide by the constraints of a proposal to impose term limits for senior leadership roles in the Democratic caucus, capping service to three terms, plus one more term with the backing of two-thirds of the caucus.