Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as vice president, was the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history. Pelosi represents California’s 12th congressional district, which comprises four-fifths of the city and county of San Francisco.
About Nancy Pelosi in brief
Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives since 2019, and previously from 2007 to 2011. She is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as vice president, was the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history. Pelosi represents California’s 12th congressional district, which comprises four-fifths of the city and county of San Francisco. Pelosi was first elected to Congress in 1987, following her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., who served as a U. S. representative from Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore. She has led the House Democrats since 2003, serving twice each as House minority leader and as Speaker. Pelosi is the dean of California’s congressional delegation, having begun her 18th term in 2021. As House Speaker, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president. She was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act. Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of House impeached President Donald Trump, first on December 18,2019, and again on January 13, 2021. Pelosi’s mother was also active in politics, organizing Democratic women and teaching her daughter the value of social networking. She attended John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address when he was sworn in as president in January 1961. She graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame, an all-girls Catholic high school in Baltimore, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
Pelosi interned for Senator Daniel Brewster in the 1960s alongside future House majority leader Steny Hoyer. After moving to San Francisco, Pelosi became friends with 5th district congressman Phillip Burton, and began working her way up in Democratic politics. In 1976, she was elected as a Democratic National Committee member from California, and four years later was selected to head the California Democratic Party. She won a special election to succeed her late husband Harry Britt as San Francisco supervisor on April 7, 1988. She picked Pelosi as her successor, guaranteeing her the support of the Burtons’ contacts. Pelosi won a full term in April 1988, defeating Harry Britt by narrowly defeating his wife, Harry Britt. She later served as the Democratic Party chair for Northern California in January 1977, and then as the San Francisco Democratic Party Host Committee chairwoman in 1984 and 1985. She served as House Democratic Caucus chairwoman from 1984 to 1983, and was succeeded by Phillip Burton in 1985. In 1996, she became the first woman to lead a party in Congress; she would later hold the position until 1996. Her father was a Democratic congressman from Maryland, and her brother, also a Democrat, was mayor of Baltimore from 1967 to 1971. Her mother was born in Fornelli, Isernia, Molise, in South Italy, and came to the U. s. in 1912; her father could trace his Italian ancestry to Genoa, Venice and Abruzzo.