Pelosi to Stay On as Minority Leader

Broke the news while surrounded by fellow female House reps

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 14, 2012 8:45 AM CST | Updated Nov 14, 2012 9:39 AM CST

(Newser) – Nancy Pelosi will stay on as House minority leader in the new session of Congress, she announced this morning, after first revealing her decision to her caucus at a private meeting, the AP reports. Pelosi broke the news at a press conference surrounded by her fellow female House reps, which heralded the theme of her remarks. Pelosi said she was "very, very proud" of the number of women Democrats sent to Washington. "Understand that you are looking into the future," she said. "The future of empowerment of women in America."

Republicans, predictably, attacked the move. "There is no better person to preside over the most liberal House Democratic caucus in history than the woman who is solely responsible for relegating it to a prolonged minority status," a National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman said. In the Senate meanwhile, Republicans quietly re-elected Mitch McConnell as their minority leader, Reuters reports.

Nancy Pelosi gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2102,  with newly elected Democratic House members.
Nancy Pelosi gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2102, with newly elected Democratic House members.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Pelosi has told her party caucus she will remain as minority leader in the new session of Congress.
Pelosi has told her party caucus she will remain as minority leader in the new session of Congress.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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