Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she’ll seek another term as Democratic leader.
Pelosi, 74, was House Speaker from 2007 to 2011, the first woman to hold that job. Republicans regained control of the Senate in 2010, and held on in 2012 and again Tuesday.
“Though last night was a difficult night for Democrats, our Members and candidates won hard-fought campaigns supported by and connected to their constituents, and strengthened by the tenacious leadership of Steve Israe,” the California Democrat wrote. “Unfortunately, we lost some valued Members of the House, but we must continue to fight for the middle-income families who are the backbone of our democracy. There is important work to do to jumpstart the Middle Class, which we hope we can do with bipartisanship and fairness.”
She highlighted a need to raise the minimum wage and secure voting rights.
“To succeed, we must inspire, educate and remove obstacles to participation,” she wrote. “Only by changing our political environment and broadening the universe of the electorate can we build a strong sense of community and an economy that works for everyone.
“This basic and even non-partisan challenge, which many of you told me you share, have convinced me to place my name in nomination for Leader when our Caucus meets. I respectfully request your support, your comments and your participation.”