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Pelosi Elected House Speaker Again, But 15 Democrats Defect

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 3, 2019 | 2:41 PM EST

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Screenshot)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was elected as the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, returning to leadership role she previously enjoyed for two terms, ending in 2010.

As speaker, Pelosi will immediately engage in a wide-ranging series of battles with President Donald Trump, Fox News reports:

“The political powerhouse from California was elected with 220 votes, to 192 for Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy. In her new role, she will immediately confront the ongoing standoff over the partial government shutdown, even as she tries to set her party's agenda in the 116th Congress and her deputies wield new power to scrutinize the Trump administration on numerous fronts.”

In an oral, alphabetical roll call vote, 15 Democrats did not vote for Pelosi:

“Still, 15 Democrats refused to vote for Pelosi. Others getting votes from Democrats included former Vice President Joe Biden, Georgia Rep. John Lewis, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts.”

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