Powerful Pelosi Is a Force to Be Reckoned With
Nancy Pelosi's Early Life
Nancy Patricia was born in 1940, the only girl with 6 brothers—surely where she gets some of her grit. Her father was a Democratic Congressman from Maryland, and he also severed as Mayor of Baltimore. She became interested in politics early on from helping with her father's campaign.
Nancy Pelosi is arguably the most powerful woman in American politics to date. She has represented her district and the American people as a whole for 31 years.
How Did She Get There?
One could say that it really all began around 1976, when Nancy Pelosi became a Democratic National Committee member for California. She stayed a member until 1996. While serving on the committee, she was elected the Party Chair in 1977, and in 1981, she was elected head of the California Democratic Party, a position she held until 1983.
In 1984, she took on the responsibility of Host Committee Chair Women for the San Francisco Democratic National Convention. She also took on the position of finance chair for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 1985–1986.
In 1987, with all that experience behind her, she was ready to take on a bigger role. California's late Congressman of her district had passed away, and his wife had succeeded him. As she became ill with cancer, she selected Nancy Pelosi to succeed her. Nancy won the special election against a Democratic opponent and beat out her Republican opponent. She represented the 5th District until 1993, at which time it became the 8th District due to gerrymandering. It's now the 12th District, and she is serving her 17th term in office as of 2019. And as they say, the rest is history and lots of it.
A Resume Like No Other
Nancy Pelosi was the 1st and only women to hold the position of Speaker of the House in 2007, and again in 2019. She has achieved much in her lifetime with room for even more.
- House Minority Whip 2002–2003
- Minority Leader of the House 2003–2007
- Speaker of the House 2007–2011
- Permanent Chair of the Democratic National Convention 2008
- Minority Leader of the House 2011–2019
- Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame
- Speaker of the House 2019–present
- Served on the Appropriations Committee
- Served on the Intelligence Committee
- Member of the House Baltic Caucus
With all her experience as a legislator and her political knowledge, as well as being very strategically savvy, Nancy truly deserves the nickname Powerful Pelosi.
What Has She Done for the American People?
Nancy Pelosi has been a person for the people and a hawk when it comes to getting it done. She has been instrumental in accomplishments such as:
- Affordable Care Act
- Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act
- Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act
- American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (during 2008 recession)
- Tax Relief Act (Stimulus package during the 2008 recession)
In 2004, Nancy Pelosi opposed and fought George W. Bush's push for Social Security Reform. He wanted to take money from Social Security and use it to invest in stocks and bonds, and she stopped him.
She opposed the war in Iraq, yet when Democrats called for the impeachment of George W. Bush on the grounds of lying about weapons of mass destruction and wiretapping American's without a warrant, she said it was "off the table."
In 2018, Tim Ryan tried to have Nancy Pelosi replaced as House Minority leader. He couldn't get enough votes to remove her, but he knew she was a force to be reckoned with.
Pelosi Stands Up for What's Right
In 2018, after the Republicans tried to oust her from her position, she continued to stand up for what's in the best interest of Americans.
In a written letter to Tim Ryan and the Republicans, she let them know that she and the country could see that they were banning together as a party to cover up Trump's pattern of obstruction and it was not in the best interest of the country.
Her strongest form of standing up to Trump was during the 2018–2019 government shutdown. Pelosi refused to use immigrants and civil servants as a tool for Trump and his border wall. She called it "the hostage-taking of civil servants."
She refused Trump's state of the Union Address and canceled it until the crisis was over and government employees were back at work.
As Trump's approval ratings began to slide, he gave in and reopened the government, and got nothing in return. It was a humiliating loss for Trump, but it also showed Trump that Pelosi was a force to be reckoned with.
On foreign soil at the D-Day ceremony in Normandy, President Trump held up the proceedings for an hour so he could do an interview with Fox News. As the elderly veterans in their 90s waited. During this interview, on the solemn day of remembrance, Donald Trump, the President of the United States used this time to attack Nancy Pelosi and give her the nickname "Nervous Nancy."
It was an embarrassment for our country. When a reporter asked Nancy Pelosi about Trump, as she was in Normandy as well, she responded with class. She has a personal policy that she does not discuss the president on foreign soil. Powerful Pelosi showed America what a president's behavior should have been.
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