US Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she will be stepping aside as leader of the House Democrats after 19 years to make way for a 'new generation', but will stay as a member of Congress. 

The 82-year-old who has represented her San Francisco district since 1987 and has been a force in the House for decades paid tribute to her husband Paul as he recovers from a hammer attack and her colleagues as she bid farewell to the gavel.

'My friends, no matter what title you all, my colleagues, have bestowed upon me, speaker, leader, whip, there is no greater official honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco,' she said in an emotional speech on the House floor. 

'This I will continue to do as a member of the House, speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California, and defending our constitution. And with great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek re-election to democratic leadership in the next Congress.'

Pelosi also took a parting shot at Donald Trump by celebrating her work with only three presidents - Bush, Obama and Biden - in the address which was skipped by many senior Republicans.

Democrats were eagerly awaiting news of Pelosi's future, which comes in the wake of Republicans taking the majority in the House.

New York's Hakeem Jeffries is in the driving seat to become the new leader with 82-year-old House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also stepping down in a shake-up at the top of the party. 

There had been talk Pelosi would stay in Congress an emeritus role that would give her an advisor status - both to Democrats in the House and to President Joe Biden.

Pelosi became the highest-ranking woman in congressional history in 2002 when she was chosen as House minority whip, was chosen as leader in 2003 and rose to Speaker of the House in 2006 when Democrats took back the House.

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she will be stepping aside as leader of the House Democrats after 19 years to make way for a ‘new generation’, but will stay as a member of Congress.

 

The 82-year-old who has represented her San Francisco district since 1987 and has been a force in the House for decades paid tribute to her husband Paul as he recovers from a hammer attack and her colleagues as she bid farewell to the gavel.

 

‘My friends, no matter what title you all, my colleagues, have bestowed upon me, speaker, leader, whip, there is no greater official honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco,’ she said in an emotional speech on the House floor.

 

‘This I will continue to do as a member of the House, speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California, and defending our constitution. And with great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek re-election to democratic leadership in the next Congress.’

 

Pelosi also took a parting shot at Donald Trump by celebrating her work with only three presidents – Bush, Obama and Biden – in the address which was skipped by many senior Republicans.

 

Democrats were eagerly awaiting news of Pelosi’s future, which comes in the wake of Republicans taking the majority in the House.

 

New York’s Hakeem Jeffries is in the driving seat to become the new leader with 82-year-old House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also stepping down in a shake-up at the top of the party.

 

There had been talk Pelosi would stay in Congress an emeritus role that would give her an advisor status – both to Democrats in the House and to President Joe Biden.

 

Pelosi became the highest-ranking woman in congressional history in 2002 when she was chosen as House minority whip, was chosen as leader in 2003 and rose to Speaker of the House in 2006 when Democrats took back the House.

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