House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at the Capitol on Tuesday.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi has decided she wants to remain the face of House Democrats.
informing the Democratic caucus of her intentions, Pelosi held a news
conference flanked by women lawmakers. For the first time, House
Democrats will have a majority of women and minorities.
While noting Democrats don't wield the gavel, Pelosi said, "We have something more important. We have unity."
who represents a San Francisco district, will again seek the minority
leader post despite a disappointing 2012 election performance in which
Democrats gained only seven of the 25 seats they needed to wrest control
"There was a lot of curiosity, creating suspense," said Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn. "But, you know, no big surprise."
has held a firm grip on the Democratic caucus since 2003 when she first
took the reins of the party as minority leader. She led Democrats to
the majority in 2006, making her the first female speaker of the House.
She was demoted back to minority leader after the 2010 elections, when
Republicans won control, and has held the job since.
Pelosi is not
expected to face any serious challenge for the leader job, a testament
to her enduring support among the rank-and-file. Democrats will hold
leadership elections the week after Thanksgiving to formally re-elect
Democrats are also expected to re-elect Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the party's No. 2 leader in the House.