Debt Up $13,546,533,671,676.73 Since Pelosi Became Democratic Leader

Terence P. Jeffrey | November 30, 2016 | 10:11am EST
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Then-incoming Speaker John Boehner kisses then-outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - The federal debt has increased by $13,546,533,671,676.73 since Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California first became the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2003.

Since then, as the top Democrat in the House, Pelosi has served as either House Minority Leader or House Speaker. She first served as minority leader from Jan. 3, 2003 until Jan. 4, 2007, when she became speaker of the House. After the Democrats lost control of the House in the 2010 elections, she returned to her role as minority leader on Jan. 3, 2011. She has remained in that position since then.

At the close of business on Jan. 3, 2003, when Pelosi first became House minority leader, the federal debt was $6,382,650,489,675.40, according to the U.S. Treasury.

As of the close of business on Monday, Nov. 28, that latest day for which the data is available, the federal debt was $19,929,184,161,352.13.

Thus the federal debt has increased $13,546,533,671,676.73—or 212 percent--since Pelosi first became the House Democratic leader equals a 212 percent jump from what t

The $13,546,533,671,676.73 increase in the debt during Pelosi’s time as Democratic leader equals $113,811.55 for each of the 119,026,000 households the Census Bureau says were in the United States as of this September.

Since Pelosi first became Democratic leader on Jan. 3, 2003, approximately 13.9 years have passed. Thus, during her time as leader, the debt has increased at an annual pace of approximately $974,570,767,747—or nearly $1 trillion.

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