House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: A career of highs and lows

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has seen both triumphs and defeat in her tenure as Speaker of the House. Below is a timeline of major events during her time in office.

Jan. 4, 2007

After a 30-seat pickup in the 2006 midterms, Pelosi officialy takes the gavel as the
first female speaker in the more than 215-year history of the House: "For our daughters
and granddaughters, today we have broken the marble ceiling. To our daughters and
our granddaughters, the sky is the limit."


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May 2007

Pelosi and congressional Democrats give up on their demands of connecting funds for
the Iraq war to a withdrawal timeline, unable to overcome a Senate filibuster and the
Bush White House's oppostion, gravely disappointing liberal anti-war activists. "This
is another stage in the sequencing of ending this war," said Pelosi.


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May 2008

Democrats win two special elections in the Deep South, in Louisiana and Mississippi,
despite GOP efforts to tie the Democratic candidates to Pelosi.


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Oct. 3, 2008

House passes the $700 billion bailout of the financial sector on a resounding 263-171
vote, four days after the first attempt at passing the bill failed.


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Nov. 4, 2008

House Democrats pick up more than 20 seats for the second straight election, giving
Pelosi the largest majority since the early 1990s as Obama's victory gives total control
to Democrats along Pennsylvania Avenue. "It's the night we have been waiting for,"
said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.


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February 2009

House Democrats pass the more than $800 billion economic stimulus legislation
without any Republican votes, the first of several key agenda items that receive little
to no GOP support. "Washington seems consumed by this process argument of
bipartisanship," she said.


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June 26, 2009

House approves, on a 219-212 vote, a climate change bill requiring a cap on carbon
emissions. The legislation never makes it onto the Senate floor for consideration.


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March 21, 2009

House votes 219 to 212, with no Republican support, giving final passage to landmark
health-care legislation aiming to provide insurance for more than 30 million Americans.
"Today we have the opportunity to complete the great unfinished business of our
society and pass health insurance reform for all Americans as a right, not a privilege,"
Pelosi said.


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Nov. 2, 2010

House Democrats lose 63 seats in midterm elections, the largest loss of seats since 1938.


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Nov. 18, 2010

On a 150 to 43 vote, Pelosi is elected as the minority leader for Democrats in 2011
despite the steep midterm losses, installing the exact same leadership team. "We
extend a hand of friendship to the Republicans," she said afterward.


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SOURCE: Staff reports