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Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Deputy Steny Hoyer
Preceded by John Boehner
In office
January 3, 2003 â€“ January 3, 2007
Deputy Steny Hoyer
Preceded by Dick Gephardt
Succeeded by John Boehner
52nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 4, 2007 â€“ January 3, 2011
Preceded by Dennis Hastert
Succeeded by John Boehner
House Minority Whip
In office
January 15, 2002 â€“ January 3, 2003
Leader Dick Gephardt
Preceded by David Bonior
Succeeded by Steny Hoyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California’s 12th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jackie Speier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California’s 8th district
In office
January 3, 1993 â€“ January 3, 2013
Preceded by Ron Dellums
Succeeded by Paul Cook
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California’s 5th district
In office
June 2, 1987 â€“ January 3, 1993
Preceded by Sala Burton
Succeeded by Bob Matsui
Personal details
Born Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro
(1940-03-26) March 26, 1940 (age 76)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Paul Pelosi (m. 1963)
Children 5 (notably Christine, Paul, Alexandra)
Education Trinity Washington University (BA)
Website House website

Politicians are trying to attract people to issues.
Jobs mean freedom for workers to support their families.
If people don't have a job, they're not too interested in how you intend for them to have a job. They want to see results.
Nancy Pelosi
As I view the Republicans in Congress, I don't see them as a real reflection of many Republicans in our country.
Nancy Pelosi
I have a few uniforms – depending on whether I'm going to a college campus or meeting a head of state. But clean and easy works best for me.
Nancy Pelosi
The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence; he embraced a radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history; and he failed to build a true international coalition.
Nancy Pelosi
I don't know any member of Congress who ever said, 'I'm satisfied with the communication that we have from the White House.'
Nancy Pelosi
I would say that one of the things that encouraged me so much when I became elected to the leadership was the letters I received from fathers of daughters, saying that, 'My daughter can now do many more things because of what you did.'
Nancy Pelosi
I know about raising money.
Stephen Colbert used to be my friend. I even signed the poor baby's cast when he hurt his hand.
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We are not going back to the failed policies of the past. We are fighting for the middle class!
Nancy Pelosi
My husband and I have season tickets to the Giants games, and we go there as fans to enjoy it.
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Democratic priorities remain clear: to provide a tax cut for working families, to promote policies that produce jobs and economic growth, and to assist millions of our fellow Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
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I never dread going back to Congress.
Presidents and speakers for over 100 years had tried to pass affordable care for all Americans. It was challenged over and over. The Supreme Court declared it constitutional.
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I have absolutely no regret about my vote against this war. The same questions remain. The cost in human lives, the cost to our budget, probably 100 billion. We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less.
Nancy Pelosi
Democrats believe in reigniting the American dream by removing barriers to success and building ladders of opportunity for all, so everyone can succeed.
Nancy Pelosi
But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.
Nancy Pelosi
I do believe that during the Bush-Cheney administration, that Vice President Cheney set a tone and an attitude for the CIA.
Nancy Pelosi
They're anti-government ideologues who dominate the Republican Party.
I must have good genes from my parents because I feel no slowdown of energy, enthusiasm or even memory.
Nancy Pelosi
I will not be making appointments to a committee that is not bipartisan.
I really want women to know their power, to value their experience. To understand that nothing has been more wholesome in the political process than the increased involvement of women.
Nancy Pelosi
My brother is the former mayor of Baltimore.
For 25 years, it has been my privilege to represent the city of San Francisco and the great state of California; to work to strengthen our vibrant middle class; to secure opportunity and equality.
Nancy Pelosi
I've never walked away from any of my positions. I take pride in them.
With Americans worried about losing their jobs, their savings, their homes and their chance at the American Dream, the New Direction Congress will work in a bipartisan way to lift our economy and help America's middle class.
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My vision for the future always centers around our children – it always centers around our children. So anytime anybody asks me what are the three most important issues facing the Congress, I always say the same thing: 'Our children, our children, our children.'
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The country needs more than one-party dominance, as much as I believe the Democratic Party is the party for the middle class… We need to have a marketplace of ideas.
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I don't care how popular I am. I'm not putting myself out there to run for higher office.
Nancy Pelosi
Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.
Nancy Pelosi
Americans deserve a better tomorrow, today.
I don't spend a lot of time thinking about the ratings of Congress. I really don't.
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My biggest fight has been between those who wanted to do something incremental and those who wanted to do something comprehensive. We won that fight, and once we kick through this door, there'll be more legislation to follow.
Nancy Pelosi
As you may know, I was raised in an Italian Catholic family in Baltimore, Maryland.
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We're sad about some of the losses of members of great seniority and distinction in the Congress, and some very new members, who will no longer be serving with us.
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I read that my lifelong dream is to serve as speaker with Hillary Clinton as president. So what?
Nancy Pelosi
Putin is going to do what Putin is going to do.
Let's just do what is right for the American people. And those of us who are involved in politics and government know that our responsibility is to the American people, that we have a responsibility to find our common ground, to seek it and to find it.
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While we may argue about the size of government, the Republican Party has not been a party that says, 'I want to destroy government.'
Nancy Pelosi
Don't underestimate your opponent, but don't overestimate them, either.
Nancy Pelosi
My father was in Congress when I was born. He was mayor my whole life from when I was in grade school – first grade – to when I went away to college.
Nancy Pelosi
After over 200 years, not even a fifth of Congress is women.
I say to my colleagues never confine your best work, your hopes, your dreams, the aspiration of the American people to what will be signed by George W. Bush because that is too limiting a factor.
Nancy Pelosi
I don't know that anybody has walked up to me in the street or in a store or in the grocery and said to me, 'I hope you bomb Assad.' Certainly plenty have said, 'No; thumbs down, thumbs down, thumbs down.'
Nancy Pelosi
We haven't really gotten the credit for what we have done.
I call Washington 'the city of the perishable.'
When I first ran for Congress, I went to my daughter Alexandra, who was going to be a senior in high school, and said: 'I have a chance to run. I may not win, but I'd be gone three nights a week. So, if you want me to stay, I'll be happy to.' And do you know what she said to me? 'Mother, get a life!'
Nancy Pelosi
Jobs are central to the American dream – and President Obama has focused on jobs from day one.
Nancy Pelosi
If you make – not have – $1 million a year, should you not participate in the sense of community of our country? I'm willing to put that on the table.
Nancy Pelosi
Being the first woman speaker and breaking the marble ceiling is pretty important. Now it's time to move on.
Nancy Pelosi
America will be far safer if we reduce the chances of a terrorist attack in one of our cities than if we diminish the civil liberties of our own people.
Nancy Pelosi
I have newspapers coming to me and saying, 'Can we get in on the TARP?'.
Nancy Pelosi
I have deep emotions about the American people. If I were to cry for anything, I would cry for them and the policies that they're about to face.
Nancy Pelosi
With President Obama, we will move America forward.
My father died the year I was elected to Congress: 1987.
Raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do, but it's a popular thing to do as well.
Nancy Pelosi
A successful marriage is a decision. You decide it's going to work. You can't always be there, but you have to be there enough. And you have to make sure you are where you're needed most.
Nancy Pelosi
I was pampered in the fact that I had five older brothers, which I highly recommend to anyone.
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The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.
Nancy Pelosi
The beauty of the Democratic Party is in the mix.
The war on terror is the war in Afghanistan.
I had five children in six years. The day I brought my fifth baby home, that week, my daughter turned 6.
Nancy Pelosi
Democrats believe we must create jobs, not protect the special interests; build the economy from the middle out, not the top down.
Nancy Pelosi
Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.
Nancy Pelosi
I would never think of crying about any loss of an office, because that's always a possibility, and if you're professional, then you deal with it professionally.
Nancy Pelosi
Let me just say as one who has been speaker of the House, I've had to have a very thick skin about every kind of thing that was thrown at me.
Nancy Pelosi
What the Republicans have said is rather than touch one hair on the heads of the wealthiest people in our country, people who make over $1 million a year, they're saying, 'Seniors should pay $6,000 more dollars a year. But please don't let us ask the wealthiest to do their fair share.'
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Freedom is secured every day by our men and women in uniform. We must build a future worthy of their sacrifice.
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I think that much of the truth has been withheld from the American people.
I love having the support of my caucus. We have a good working relationship.
Nancy Pelosi
Washington and Congress are steeped in history and tradition, and that's been very male-oriented.
Nancy Pelosi
The impact of climate change is a tremendous risk to the security and well-being of our countries.
Nancy Pelosi
Tom Foley was a statesman, and it was a privilege to serve under him when he was the Speaker of the House. He loved our country. He was a gentleman. I had the privilege of seeing him a couple days before he passed away.
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The name 'Republican' in some ways has been hijacked by obstructionists.
Nancy Pelosi
If you don't vote, you don't count.
The Republican Party is the Grand Old Party. It's made enormous contributions to the success of our country. And it is a party that has embraced its leadership role when it has had the majority or the White House.
Nancy Pelosi
I always saw politics as an expansion of my role as a mom.
If I cry, it's about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. But when it comes to politics – no, I don't cry.
Nancy Pelosi
My husband and I, when we had our five children and they were grown, we thought we were entitled to grandchildren. And so we were just expecting this to happen; of course, nothing was happening. And then we kept begging, bribing, cajoling, anything – threatening to adopt our own grandchildren – and finally, we got some grandchildren.
Nancy Pelosi
America must be a light to the world, not just a missile.
In our recovery package we put new standards of accountability and transparency, which we hope will now apply.
Nancy Pelosi
We have so much room for improvement. Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory… of how we are taking responsibility.
Nancy Pelosi
We in Congress stand by Israel. In Congress, we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel.
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The American dream is about freedom.
Democrats embrace The Affordable Care Act. We're very proud of it.
I had a friend who was getting married. I said, 'You're getting married – I didn't know about all this!' She said, 'I need health benefits.'
Nancy Pelosi
Nothing surprises me. One thing I don't ever have in my world is surprise.
Nancy Pelosi
Bipartisanship is nice, but it cannot be a substitute for action, not having it cannot prevent us from going forward.
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Social Security has never failed to pay promised benefits, and Democrats will fight to make sure that Republicans do not turn a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble.
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Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.
Nancy Pelosi
I think about my parents all the time, especially on Sunday when I'm at Mass. My mother always said, 'We do not pray to win elections. We pray for people's health, we pray that God's will be done, we pray that we do our best. But we do not pray to win elections.'
Nancy Pelosi
What we're discussing privately and publicly, is a budget which is a blueprint for the future which creates jobs, which educates our children, which provides healthcare for all Americans, which takes our deficit down, which gives a tax cut for 95% of the American people.
Nancy Pelosi
When taxpayers are subsidizing low wages, people should be aware of that. We're subsidizing an economy. We're not subsidizing people. They are doing a hard day's work. When we're not rewarding work actively, there's something wrong with the system.
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Republicans support opening the floodgates to special interest money and suppressing the right to vote. It's just plain wrong.
Nancy Pelosi
I went to Catholic school throughout my whole academic life. In fact, my children – my husband and I and our children in my own family now have over 100 years of Catholic education among us.
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The House of Representatives has never sued a sitting president in all of U.S. history.
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