Nancy Pelosi Expected To Lead House Democrats Into Trump Era

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is widely expected to lead House Democrats into battle against the new Trump administration, continuing an extraordinary 14-year run as her party’s leader that includes two terms as speaker.

The San Francisco Democrat, 76, called leadership elections for Thursday and faces no obvious opposition yet, despite disappointing election results Tuesday for her caucus and grumbling that she and her top lieutenants, Steny Hoyer, 77, of Maryland and James Clyburn, 76, of South Carolina are blocking the path of younger members.

Pelosi’s office would not comment about her future role but did nothing to discourage speculation that she would try to keep her job as minority leader. Democrats gained just six of the 30 seats she needed in her longshot bid to regain the speakership post that she held from 2007 to 2011, leaving Democrats at a severe 241 to 194 disadvantage against Republicans.

Still, the results did not appear to weaken Pelosi’s standing among House colleagues. Her allies said her experience leading Democrats in similar circumstances under President George W. Bush would serve them well, and analysts agreed.

“When she wants to put her foot down, she’s very, very effective,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.

Still, Pelosi may find herself outgunned on some major issues this time, O’Connell said. “The fact that Republicans control three branches, when it comes to issues like Obamacare and climate change, it’s going to be very, very hard to stop them,” he said.

Read more from Carolyn Lochhead at The San Francisco Chronicle

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