Working to Jumpstart the Middle Class
Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress. As the top Democrat in the House, Pelosi is fighting for bigger paychecks and better infrastructure for working families across America.
Shattering the marble ceiling and making her the highest-ranking female politician in American history, Leader Pelosi is the first woman to serve as the Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011. She has led House Democrats for more than 12 years and has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, for 28 years. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Working with President Obama, Pelosi led Congress in one of the most successful legislative sessions in decades. Among her major accomplishments as Speaker of the House, Pelosi passed: historic health insurance reform legislation which established a Patients’ Bill of Rights and is providing coverage for more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans; the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which created and saved millions of American jobs; strong Wall Street reforms to rein in big banks and protect consumers; and key investments in higher education through the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which expands educational opportunities and reforms the financial aid system to save billions of taxpayers’ dollars.
Congressional scholar Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute described the 111th Congress under Pelosi’s leadership as “one of the most productive Congresses in history.” Thomas Mann, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution, said “she’s probably gained the reputation as of one of the strongest and most effective speakers in decades.”
Pelosi comes from a family with a long tradition of public service. Her late father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years. Her brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, also served as Mayor of Baltimore. She and her husband, Paul Pelosi, have five children and nine grandchildren. While raising her five children prior to her election to Congress, Pelosi served in a number of positions within the Democratic Party including Chair of the California Democratic Party.