Rep. Nancy Pelosi Wins Re-Election as House Democratic Leader

Thursday, December 1, 2016

On November 30th, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) won an eighth term leading the Democratic caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic Leader Pelosi was re-elected as leader of House Democrats Wednesday with the support of a majority of her colleagues after a high profile challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). This was the strongest demonstration of opposition to Rep. Pelosi's tenure as leader, a post she's held since 2003.
Democratic Leader Pelosi's margin of victory, 134 votes to 63 for Rep. Ryan, signaled a large degree of discontent with her leadership after 14 years atop the caucus and, more broadly, with the Democratic policy agenda. Rep. Pelosi postponed the election by two weeks due to concerns from the Caucus, and she proposed changes to how the Democratic caucus works, including allowing committee leaders to have more say in how their respective committee operates and the addition of three new positions that would include younger and newer members. Further, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was re-elected to serve as Minority Whip and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) will remain Assistant Democratic Leader.
As Members of Congress prepare to assume leadership positions, the federal advocacy staff will remain actively engaged during and after lame duck session to advocate for NSBA's legislative priorities, such as an appropriations bill that maximizes federal investments in public education.