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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 17: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 17, 2022. (Elizabeth Frantz for The Washington Post)

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) announced that they would not seek leadership positions in the new Congress, opening the door for a younger generation of Democrats to guide the caucus. Both Pelosi, 82, and Hoyer, 83, said they would continue to represent their districts in Congress. The announcements come after Republicans were projected to win control of the House despite a stronger-than-expected showing by Democrats in the midterms.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) is widely expected to become the next minority leader, marking another historic first. If elected by House Democrats, Jeffries, 52, would be the first Black person to lead a party in Congress. Pelosi is the party’s long-serving leader in the House and the first woman to hold the speakership.