Pelosi is re-elected as House Speaker

U.S. House Democrats on Wednesday voted to keep House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her job for another two years, despite losing seats to Republicans in the Nov. 3 elections.

“I'm thrilled. I'm excited. And I can't wait to be working with a new President of the United States, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris."

Leading up to the Nov. 3 elections, Democrats were optimistic that they would build on their majority.

But, with the outcome of some races still to be determined, Democrats could possibly lose up to a dozen or so seats, making it more difficult for them to push their legislative agenda through the House.

Pelosi, however, on Wednesday said she wasn’t dismayed by the slimmed-down majority.

“Our caucus is unified… But having the majority, having the gavel, holding the House and winning the White House is time, it is an opportunity for us to work together with the president --and having a president is a unifying, has an impact as well, especially when he's a unifier like Joe Biden."

Also re-elected to the House Democrats' team were Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn, among others.

As speaker, Pelosi, who is 80 years old, sets the agenda in the House and is second in line for the presidency. On Tuesday, she suggested it may be her last term as speaker.

The full House still must vote for speaker in early January, when Republicans will put up their own candidate for the job, but are likely to lose since they will still be in the minority.

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- US House Democrats on Wednesday voted to keep House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her job for another two years, despite losing seats to Republicans in the November 3 elections.

NANCY PELOSI: I'm thrilled. I'm excited. And I can't wait to be working with a new president of the United States, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris.

- Leading up to the November 3 elections, Democrats were optimistic that they would build on their majority. But with the outcome of some races still to be determined, Democrats could possibly lose up to a dozen or so seats, making it more difficult for them to push their legislative agenda through the House.

Pelosi, however, on Wednesday said she wasn't dismayed by the slimmed-down majority.

NANCY PELOSI: By having the majority, having the gavel, holding the House, and winning the White House, it's time, it is opportunity for us to work together with the president. And having a president has a unifying impact as well, especially when he's a unifier, like Joe Biden.

- Also re-elected to the House Democrats team were Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn, among others. As Speaker, Pelosi, who is 80 years old, sets the agenda in the House and is second in line for the presidency.

NANCY PELOSI: Thank you.

- The full House still must vote for speaker in early January, when Republicans will put up their own candidate for the job, but are likely to lose since they will still be in the minority.