Nancy Pelosi, 83, Confirms She’s Running Again: Former Democratic Speaker Reveals She Wants Two More Years in Congress — and Help San Francisco’s Recovery
- “Now more than ever, our city needs us to advance San Francisco’s values and continue our recovery,” Pelosi wrote on X.
- Former House Speaker resigned from leadership post last year
- San Francisco is experiencing a major crime wave, including burglaries and carjackings.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will seek re-election in 2024, despite stepping down as leader in the last Congress.
“Now more than ever, our city needs us to advance San Francisco’s values and continue our recovery,” Pelosi wrote Friday on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Our country needs America to show the world that our flag still stands, with liberty and justice for ALL. That’s why I’m running for re-election – and I respectfully ask for your vote.
San Francisco is experiencing a major crime wave, including burglaries and carjackings.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will seek re-election in 2024, despite stepping down as leader earlier this year.
In August, the San Francisco Police Department said the city had recorded nearly 1,670 car burglaries over 30 days and that there had been nearly 10,000 thefts from vehicles in the city so far this year.
Signs are visible throughout the city warning locals and tourists not to leave anything in their cars, but the crime rate remains stubbornly high.
Pelosi, who was the first woman ever to speak, was first elected to represent the people of San Francisco, California in 1987.
It was unclear whether the former speaker would seek re-election after her husband Paul Pelosi was attacked at their California home last fall.
A man entered their house saying he was looking for Pelosi, then hit Paul in the head with a hammer. The incident was filmed by police cameras.
But Pelosi said the attack on her husband would not impact her decision whether to run for re-election.
Last November, after Democrats lost the House majority, Pelosi decided to step down from her leadership role.
She passed the baton to the current House Minority Leader, Hakeem Jeffries.
His re-election announcement comes amid growing concern about the age of politicians in general.
Pelosi, 83, is one of the longest-serving members of Congress.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 81, has suffered two strange episodes of “freezing” in recent weeks during public press conferences.
His latest episode has led to renewed calls for term limits in the House and Senate — even from those inside the walls of Congress.
Pelosi, 83, is one of the longest-serving members of Congress
Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., said term limits would help restore “human decency” to elderly politicians like McConnell and California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 90, who also suffers health problems public.
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley called the Senate “the most privileged nursing home in the country” after McConnell’s recent episode.
“What I will say is, right now, the Senate is the most privileged nursing home in the country,” she said last week. “I mean, Mitch McConnell has done great things and he deserves credit. But you have to know when to walk away.