Jan, 4th 2020 – Nancy Pelosi, the only woman to serve as US speaker of the house, was narrowly re-elected to the position yesterday in a deeply divided new congress that convened in the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The vote took hours, as lawmakers were required to vote in groups of several dozen, due to social distancing rules imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The woman who is third in line to the presidency, secured her fourth and perhaps final non-consecutive term as House speaker by earning 216 votes, versus 209 for Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.
In a symbolic gesture beginning the 117th Congress, McCarthy formally handed the speaker’s gavel over to Pelosi, who raised it in triumph as Democrats cheered and applauded.
Pelosi said, “We begin the new Congress during a time of extraordinary difficulty. Our most urgent priority will continue to be defeating the coronavirus. And defeat it, we will.”
Voting took long due to the social distancing rules imposed during the Coronavirus pandemic, so the lawmakers voted in groups of several dozen.