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Pelosi to announce decision on minority leader run Wednesday


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday that she would announce her decision about whether to continue her 10-year run of leading her caucus on Wednesday morning.

She deflected questions about whether she would continue in the minority leader position by saying she would hold a 10 a.m. Wednesday press conference to announce her decision.

Heightening the anticipation of her announcement, Pelosi’s office sent a memo to the members of the Democratic Caucus asking the female Democrats of the current Congress, as well as those women who their first election Tuesday, to join her at the 10 a.m. press conference.

When they elected her as leader 10 years ago, Pelosi became the first woman to ever lead a party caucus in the House or Senate. After the 2006 midterm elections swept Democrats into power, Pelosi became the first female House speaker ever, a post she held for the next four years.

Many expected her to leave leadership after the humiliating 63-seat loss Democrats suffered in the 2010 midterm elections, but she decided to stick around in the hope that Democrats would sweep Republicans back out of power on President Obama’s coattails. When all the ballots are finally counted from last Tuesday’s races, Democrats expect to gain either seven or eight seats.

Two years ago, when she decided to run again for her leadership post, Pelosi announced the decision three days after the midterm rout on Twitter with little fanfare.

This post has been updated.

Paul Kane covers Congress and politics for the Washington Post.



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