DONE: Pelosi, 82, Won’t Seek Leadership Role When GOP Takes Over

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during a press conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 13, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday she will step down from her congressional leadership role, ending a two-decade streak as a top House Democrat.
  • The announcement came less than a day after news outlets projected that Democrats would narrowly lose their House majority to Republicans following the midterm elections.
  • Pelosi, 82, has kept her future plans under wraps in the aftermath of the midterms, when Democrats exceeded expectations up and down the ballot. Republicans, who anticipated that a “red wave” would deliver them sweeping majorities in Congress, will instead take a thin lead in the House, per NBC News estimates.

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