Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has shared with the House of Representatives that she is stepping down from her role and will not look to lead Democrats in the next Congress.
"I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress," Speaker Pelosi said, adding that she will continue to represent the people of San Francisco in the U.S. House.
Pelosi has served as the leader of the Democrats for nearly two decades, but said that she is now ready to step down. She noted during her prepared speech that she “didn't come here with two versions,” implying she had made her decision prior to today.
Coming off the House floor, Pelosi did not say who she thinks should take over in the next Congress, saying now is not the time to throw her support to another member of Congress.
President Joe Biden reportedly spoke to Pelosi on Thursday morning, congratulating her on her “historic tenure as Speaker of the House,” the White House shared.
In a statement, the president said, "history will note she was the most consequential Speaker of the House of Representatives in our history."
Biden’s praise continued by saying that she “reflects a dignity in her actions” through “everything she does.”
"Because of Nancy Pelosi, the lives of millions and millions of Americans are better, even in districts represented by Republicans who voted against her bills and too often vilify her," Biden said. "That’s Nancy – always working for the dignity of all of the people."
Other Democrats and members of Congress have also shared their praise for Pelosi’s time in leadership, many posting on social media about the impact she has had on the nation.
During her speech, Pelosi remarked on several key moments in both her political career and her life. She also touched on the role of elected officials and the impact they have had on the nation throughout history, from abolishing slavery to granting women's rights.
"All of us who have served in this House have taken the hallowed oath of office, and it is the oath that stitches us together in a long and storied heritage [of] colleagues who have served before us," Pelosi said.
At the end of her speech, Pelosi was praised by thunderous applause from members of Congress, acknowledging her service in her role.