Pelosi 3.0: How Nancy’s daughter would be the third in the political dynasty if she replaced her mother
AAs House Democrats brace for losses and the loss of their majority in the lower house, lawmakers have already begun considering a leadership shakeup to set the party up for future success.
Part of that transition would be to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to step down from her nearly 20 years of service after the GOP likely takes over the House next week. Whispers have already begun about who would replace her as Speaker of the House, but other conversations remain ongoing about who would take her seat in the California House.
Pelosi won his first congressional election in 1987 and has served as the party’s House leader since 2002, quickly becoming the House’s most prolific fundraiser and a well-known face across the country. Replacing her would not be an easy task, and some may not look too far to find her heiress.
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Rumors have swirled that Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, may be initiating a bid to take the seat in her mother’s house, which would make her the third generation of a Pelosi political dynasty as Nancy’s father. Pelosi, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., also served in Congress representing Maryland’s 3rd congressional district from 1939 to 1947.
Although never elected, Christine Pelosi has been heavily involved in politics over the years, often appearing alongside her mother at events. She worked as chairwoman of the California Democratic Party women’s caucus, as well as a staffer in the Clinton White House as a special adviser to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
She then worked as Chief of Staff to Representative John Tierney from 2001 to 2005.
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It is not yet clear whether Nancy Pelosi intends to step down in 2024. However, speculation is brewing as it is increasingly likely that Republicans will secure a healthy majority in the House this midterm cycle.
The deep blue city has not opened its seat in Congress since Pelosi won a special election in 1987. Before that, it was represented by Representative Phillip Burton and then his wife Sala from 1975 until the speaker wins the seat. The opening will be seen as a golden opportunity for a lifetime term for a liberal Democrat.