According to a report from the Washington Post, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is planning to give up the gavel after the 2022 midterm elections in order to make way for new, and younger leadership; Pelosi is 81.
“After almost 19 years as House Democratic leader, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is expected to step down at the close of this Congress, ending a historic career that included trying to end George W. Bush’s Iraq War, implementing President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, impeaching President Donald Trump twice and squeezing President Biden’s sweeping agenda through a narrowly controlled House,” the Post’s Marianna Sotomayor wrote.
New York Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is the early frontrunner to replace Pelosi; Jeffries has served as the U.S. representative for New York’s 8th congressional district since 2013.
“Typically, that job would fall to one of the speaker’s top two lieutenants, the majority leader, Steny Hoyer, and majority whip, Jim Clyburn. However, both of them, like Pelosi, are in their early 80s, which has sparked questions about whether it may be time for some fresh faces to manage the House Democratic caucus,” the Guardian reported in October.
Pelosi will be giving up the gavel with some of the lowest approval ratings of her career. A recent Gallup poll found respondents disapproved of Pelosi by 58 percent. The only political figure rated lower than her: Mitch McConnell at 63 percent.