Nancy Pelosi re-elected Speaker of U.S. House of Representatives


Updated: March 8, 2021

Nancy Pelosi was re-elected Speaker of United States House of Representatives on Sunday.

Pelosi’s fourth term as House Speaker became official when the 117th Congress convened for the first time on Sunday.

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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.


Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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