Nancy Pelosi is officially House speaker. And in being sworn in, she’s making history for the second time.
Pelosi became the first female speaker in 2007 and served until 2011. Succeeded by two Republican men, she remains the only female speaker. But as she retakes the gavel Thursday, she is matching the legacy of renowned House Speaker Sam Rayburn of Texas by being the second speaker to reclaim the gavel after losing it in decades. At age 78, she’s becoming one of the oldest speakers elected.
The California lawmaker has skillfully navigated fraught political waters over the past few years to reclaim the gavel, and her return to power says something about her ability to run her caucus and her staying power during a time when speakers’ tenures are often limited.
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