The youngest of seven children.
A political career that spans six decades.
The first woman — and the first Italian American — to become Speaker of the House.
Twenty years leading the Democratic caucus.
And now a final bow from Madam Pelosi, who announced that she’d pass the gavel to the next generation in the coming weeks.
Prominent Republicans attended Pelosi’s farewell speech on Thursday, and joined Democrats in praising the Speaker.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), who said he often speaks to Pelosi on the House floor about her granddaughter and his daughter who share a name, gave her a hug after her speech, according to People Magazine.
“We don’t agree on a dadgum thing. And I prayed for her husband to get well. But I’m a Christian first, not a Republican,” Burchett said. “We still talk, and I think this country needs a little more of that.”
“We disagreed probably 99 percent of the time. But she’s been a very effective Speaker for her own cause,” said Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) “She had a gracious presentation of well-prepared remarks. I think it was very appropriate.”
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) was also present for Pelosi’s speech and hugged her afterward.
Pelosi will continue to serve her constituents in San Francisco, after she passes the torch — and perhaps a good bit of wisdom — to future leaders on both sides of the aisle.
President Joe Biden offered a lengthy goodbye this week, lauding Pelosi’s legislative wins and leadership during contentious and uncertain times.
The President wrote, in part:
“History will note she is the most consequential Speaker of the House of Representatives in our history. There are countless examples of how she embodies the obligation of elected officials to uphold their oath to God and country to ensure our democracy delivers and remains a beacon to the world. In everything she does, she reflects a dignity in her actions and a dignity she sees in the lives of the people of this nation.”
Not a bad way to go out for an Italian American girl from Baltimore’s Little Italy.
Congratulations, Madam Pelosi, and we at ISDA offer our best wishes to all the nation’s politicians who will form the 118th U.S. Congress in 2023.
Nancy Pelosi at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2022. (Brian Birzer)
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