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Friday
Nov052010

Pelosi: 'I Have Decided to Run' for House Democratic Leader

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Friday she is running to become the House Minority Leader in the next session of Congress, dispelling rumors that she planned to resign from House Democratic leadership or retire from Congress.

Pelosi explained her decision in a letter the House Democrats, and revealed she has been widely encouraged to seek the post.

“Many of our colleagues have called with their recommendations on how to continue our fight for the middle class, and have encouraged me to run for House Democratic Leader,” Pelosi said. “Based on those discussions, and driven by the urgency of protecting health care reform, Wall Street reform, and Social Security and Medicare, I have decided to run.”

The first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history, Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues they must work together to ensure that Republicans do not overturn the legislation Democrats have passed during the last four years under Democratic control of the House.
 
Pelosi served as minority leader from 2003 until 2007, when Democrats seized control of the House after the congressional midterm elections.

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