- Speaker Nancy Pelosi dodged a question on whether she would run for the position again if Democrats maintained control of the House in 2022.
- Pelosi told CNN’s Jake Tapper that she would discuss her plans “with her family first.”
- Pelosi was first elected Speaker in 2007, making history as the first woman to serve in the position.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dodged a question on Sunday over whether she would seek re-election as speaker if Democrats maintained control of the House of Representatives after the 2022 midterms.
Pelosi has led Democrats in the House since she was first elected speaker in 2007, making history as the first woman to hold the position. CNN’s Jake Tapper asked her Sunday morning if she would seek to continue to seek that position.
“You think I’m going to make an announcement right here and now?” Pelosi, a Democrat from California, responded.
“You’re gonna run for re-election though, yes?” Tapper said.
“Why would I tell you that now?” Pelosi said while laughing.
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“It’s not just me, it’s the American people. It’s the world. This is an international show,” Tapper said.
US elections in November 2022 will determine if Democrats maintain control of the House and whether Pelosi would be eligible to remain the speaker.
“Probably I would have that conversation with my family first if you don’t mind,” Pelosi said. The California Democrat was on CNN’s State of the Union to discuss the reconciliation bill, the spending plan that is the cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Pelosi was re-elected by members of the House to serve as House Speaker for the 117th Congress on January 3 this year. Pelosi first served as House Speaker from 2007 to 2011 but was ousted by then-Rep. John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, when Republicans took control of the House that year.
Former Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan served as speaker from 2015 to 2019 before Pelosi was re-elected House speaker when Democrats took back control of the chamber.
Earlier this month, former President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters not to vote in 2022 or 2024 unless the Republican party backed his disproven election fraud claims. Republicans like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia pushed back on Trump’s comments, telling Republicans to “stop listening to grifters telling you not to vote.”
Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.