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Nancy Pelosi says she will run for reelection in 2024

Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi speaks in San Francisco’s Chinatown in August. | Source: Jeremy Chen/The Standard

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday she will run for reelection in 2024.

“Now more than ever, our city needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery,” Pelosi said in a 9 a.m. post to Twitter, now known as X.

Speaker Emerita Pelosi, 83, announced her plans to a group of volunteers, supporters and union workers at a breakfast event at Larry Mazzola, Sr. Union Hall in San Francisco. The congresswoman said she was motivated by a desire to help the city navigate through challenging times and to help Democrats wrest back control of the House of Representatives next year.

“I know the Congress very well, I know the country very well.  More importantly, I know this City very well,” Pelosi told the audience. “And that is why in light of all that is at stake, and that people have been calling me and saying, ‘Can you stay longer?” 

Democrats narrowly lost control of the House last year, and the two-time House Speaker passed the torch to House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries and a new slate of leadership in the House.

First elected to Congress in 1987, Pelosi made history by becoming the first female speaker in 2007, and in 2019, she regained the speaker’s gavel.

Pelosi led the party through substantial legislative achievements, including the passage of the Affordable Care Act, as well as turbulent times, with two impeachments of former President Donald Trump.

More recently, Pelosi has been personally engaged in tackling San Francisco’s open-air drug markets, helping to corral federal resources to combat fentanyl trafficking.

Pelosi has represented San Francisco for more than 35 years, consistently winning reelection with formidable margins. Despite filing for reelection, she has said little publicly about her campaign plans to date.

Meanwhile, potential successors to Pelosi are waiting in the wings for the former House Speaker to eventually vacate her seat.

State Sen. Scott Wiener launched an exploratory committee to run for Congress and had raised more than $820,000 as of July. Former District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim has also voiced interest in a potential run. Christine Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter and a longtime Democratic Party activist, is also said to be considering a run.

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