‘A new day is dawning’: Nancy Pelosi to step down as Democratic leader but will stay in Congress
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who made history as the first female speaker of the House and has been the driving force behind landmark legislation, will step down from House leadership, but the 82-year-old Democrat said Thursday that she will continue to represent San Francisco.
Pelosi’s future was cast in doubt after Republicans squeaked out a surprisingly narrow victory in the House. She has said that the brutal attack on husband Paul Pelosi in their San Francisco home last month shaped her decision.
It’s a skill set that isn’t easily replicable, said Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael.
“Our next generation of leaders are going to have to be ready to be as fully dedicated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as Nancy Pelosi has been,” Huffman said. “I mean, she just lives and breathes this stuff. She is all-in all the time. If she has an off switch, I’ve never seen it.”
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By: Joe Garofoli & Shira Stein
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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