Updated: March 6, 2021
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Sunday night congratulated Nancy Pelosi on her “well-deserved” reelection as Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
“Jill and I extend our warmest congratulations to Speaker Pelosi on her well-deserved reelection today as Speaker of the House of Representatives. A trailblazing leader — and one of the most effective and accomplished legislators in our nation’s history — I have no doubt that Speaker Pelosi will continue to lead the House with dignity, principle, and patriotic resolve,” Biden wrote in a statement.
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“As our country begins to emerge from this period of pain and loss in the months to come, we have an extraordinary opportunity ahead of us to unite around our values and make unprecedented progress as a nation. With Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, we will come together to defeat the ongoing pandemic, take on the existential threat of climate change, instill greater equity and justice in our society, and build our economy back better than before. I look forward to working closely with the Speaker and her colleagues in the House, majority and minority alike, to pursue that vital work on behalf of all of the American people.”
Pelosi was re-elected Speaker of United States House of Representatives on Sunday.
Her fourth term as House Speaker became official when the 117th Congress convened for the first time on Sunday.
The 80-year old Democrat from California received 216 votes to defeat Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who got 209 votes. There were 427 House members who voted.
Five Democrats defected, with two of them voting for someone else, and three others voting “present.”
Democratic Reps. Mikie Sherrill (N.J.), Elissa Slotkin (Mich.) and Abigail Spanberger (Va.) each voted “present.” Slotkin had voted “present” two years ago while Sherrill and Spanberger both voted for Rep. Cheri Bustos at that time.
Rep. Conor lamb (D. Pa.), who voted for former Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) in 2019, cast his vote for House Democratic Caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.). He was the second Democrat to break from his party after Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) voted for Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-lll) instead of Nancy Pelosi.
After serving 17 years as the House Democratic leader, Pelosi ran unopposed for what may likely be her last term in office.
Democrats kept the House but with a slimmer majority following the November 3 general elections that eroded their majority.
They also won the presidency and are currently battling to take control of the senate in two runoffs in Georgia.