Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, who was the Democratic Party’s long-serving House leader and the first woman to hold the post, announced on Friday that she would seek re-election in 2024, ending months of speculation about her political future.
Since stepping down from leadership last year, Ms. Pelosi, 83, has kept people guessing about her plans. Many were surprised to see her stay in Congress, but she has relished her lower profile as a rank-and-file member with emeritus status, offering advice on an as-needed basis to her party’s new leadership team in the House. Some Democrats have speculated that she would leave Congress before the end of her term, potentially clearing the way for her daughter Christine Pelosi, a party activist and Democratic National Committee executive committee member, to run for her seat.
Ms. Pelosi has not shared her plans with anyone, but people close to her said that she ultimately decided to run again because she viewed it as an urgent priority to re-elect President Biden and help Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the minority leader, become the next House speaker.
“Now more than ever, our city needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery,” Ms. Pelosi said in announcing her plans. “Our country needs America to show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for all.”
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