House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expected to step down from her leadership position, atop the House Democrats, after the current term, which raises the question, “who will replace her?”
According to a new report from The Hill, there are several House Democrats who are “ready to seize the opportunity,” and some of the names might surprise you, while others will not.
Based on The Hill’s report, “the early favorite” to replace Pelosi as the leader of House Democrats is Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the Democratic Caucus Chairman. Other frontrunners, though, would include Reps. Katherine Clark (D-MA), the Assistant Speaker, and Pete Aguilar (D-CA), the caucus vice-chairman.
The Hill supports making these three lawmakers the favorites to replace Pelosi by quoting one anonymous “moderate Democratic lawmaker” as saying, “I think it’s pretty clear that our next tier of leadership is going to be Hakeem, Katherine, and Pete.” The lawmaker added, “I think probably 80 percent of people here believe that.”
If you have been following this storyline at all, then none of these names will come as that much of a surprise to you. But, the following ones might.
The Hill reports that there is “some early speculation” that Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Adam Schiff (D-CA) might also be “vying for” Pelosi’s leadership position.
These sort of names, if it’s even possible, would bring the Democratic Party even farther to the left.
It is a possibility that all of this talk about Pelosi’s replacement is a bit premature.
Last year, several reports indicated that Pelosi was planning on retiring after the 2022 midterm elections. Pelosi, however, squashed those reports by recently announcing that she will be running for reelection.
There have also been several reports indicating that Pelosi, despite seeking reelection, has no intention of continuing to lead her party.
But, Pelosi, after announcing her reelection campaign, called these reports into question by refusing to reveal whether she would run for the speakership again if the Democrats were to remain in control of the House. The bottom line is that there are still a lot of unknowns here, and, at the end of the day, we’re just going to have to wait and see how it plays out.
But, there is a contingent of the Democratic party that is hoping the Pelosi moves on. And, it is also clear that there are a number of House Democrats who are positioning themselves to try to take over when Pelosi finally does call it quits.