The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee has given outgoing Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) an arrogant new title before she leaves her leadership role in January.
The Committee unanimously voted to anoint Pelosi as “Speaker Emerita.”
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries said Pelosi is the “most consequential Speaker in American history.”
Jeffries, who will likely replace Pelosi as House Democrat leader, argues that the honorific title “reflects Speaker Pelosi’s lifetime of service as a legendary legislator, notorious negotiator, and a fabulous facilitator.”
Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said: “It was an honor as Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee to confer upon @SpeakerPelosi the honorific title of Speaker Emerita.
“She is the most consequential legislator Congress has ever known and we are lucky she will remain in our ranks.”
It was an honor as Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee to confer upon @SpeakerPelosi the honorific title of Speaker Emerita. She is the most consequential legislator Congress has ever known and we are lucky she will remain in our ranks.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 30, 2022
House Democrats will be the minority party in the House after January.
They will vote Wednesday on a new leadership slate, with Jeffries expected to be chosen as the party’s new House leader.
“It’s a solemn responsibility that we are all inheriting,” Jeffries said.
“And the best thing that we can do as a result of the seriousness and solemnity of the moment is lean in hard and do the best damn job that we can for the people.”
“It an important moment for the caucus — that there’s a new generation of leadership,” said Rep. Chris Pappas, a New Hampshire Democrat.
Pelosi filed for re-election in 2024.
She will be 84 years old.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 29, 2022