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Nancy Pelosi
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House Minority Leader
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Deputy Steny Hoyer
Preceded by John Boehner
Succeeded by Kevin McCarthy (designate)
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Deputy Steny Hoyer
Preceded by Dick Gephardt
Succeeded by John Boehner
Leader of the House Democrats
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Deputy Steny Hoyer
Preceded by Dick Gephardt
52nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Dennis Hastert
Succeeded by John Boehner
House Minority Whip
In office
January 15, 2002 – 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 5th district
In office
June 2, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Sala Burton
Succeeded by Bob Matsui
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Ron Dellums
Succeeded by Paul Cook
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 12th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jackie Speier
Chair of the California Democratic Party
In office
February 27, 1981 – April 3, 1983
Preceded by Charles Manatt
Succeeded by Peter Kelly
Personal details
Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro

March 26, 1940 (1940-03-26) (age 80)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Paul Pelosi (m. 1963)
Children 5, including Christine and Alexandra
Relatives Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. (Father)
Education Trinity Washington University (BA)
Net worth US$26.4 million (2013)

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi; born March 26, 1940) is an American politician serving as the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives since 2011, representing California's 12th congressional district.

She previously served as the 52nd Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, the only woman to do so. Her ascent to House Speaker also made her the highest-ranking female politician in the history of the United States.

A member of the Democratic Party, Pelosi represents California's 12th congressional district which consists of four-fifths of the city and county of San Francisco. The district was numbered as the 5th during Pelosi's first three terms in the House, and as the 8th from 1993 to 2013.

She served as the House Minority Whip from 2002 to 2003, and was House Minority Leader from 2003 to 2007, holding the post during the 108th and 109th Congresses under George W. Bush.

Pelosi is the first woman, the first Californian, and the first Italian-American to lead a major party in Congress.

After the Democrats took control of the House in 2007 and increased their majority in 2009, Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House. After the Democrats lost House control in the 2010 elections, Pelosi was elected as the Democratic Leader by House Democrats and therefore the Minority Leader in the Republican-controlled House from 2011 to 2019.

Pelosi is expected to run for Speaker of the House of Representatives on the opening of the 116th U.S. Congress on January 3, 2019. If elected Speaker, Pelosi would become the seventh individual to return to the Speakership on non-consecutive terms of office and the first since Sam Rayburn in 1955.

Personal life

Her father, Thomas D'Alesandro, Junior, was Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland and served five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, also was Mayor of Baltimore.

Pelosi graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1962.

She and her husband, Paul Pelosi, who is from San Francisco, have five children: Nancy Corinne, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul and Alexandra, and five grandchildren.

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