Pelosi poised to become House speaker, making history

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January 3, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Democratic Congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, speak outside the West Wing of the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump to end the shutdown on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi knew this moment would come, even if others had their doubts — or worked to stop her.

Pelosi is poised to be elected today as House speaker, the only woman who has held the office and now one of few elected officials who will be returning to it. The last time a speaker regained the gavel was more than a half-century ago.

The California Democrat has spent her political career being underestimated, only to prove the naysayers wrong. In this case, it was by winning back the Democratic majority and amassing the votes for the speaker’s job.

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