December 02, 2016

Pelosi Survives House Leadership Challenge

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was re-elected Nov. 30 as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus, a position she has held since 2003.

Pelosi was challenged for House minority leadership by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) — a younger, more conservative member of the Democratic Caucus than Pelosi — after Democrats fell well short of winning the additional 30 seats needed to wrest majority control of the House from the Republicans. Leader Pelosi prevailed in a final vote of 134–63. Although still a resounding victory for Pelosi, Ryan’s challenge garnered more votes than her last contested election in 2010 when she defeated Health Shuler 150–43.

Other House Democratic leadership elections were not contested, as Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) both retained their positions. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) was elected chair of the House Democratic Caucus. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) was elected as caucus vice chair, becoming the first Latina to ever serve House leadership.