Love her or hate her, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is an asset to her party.
The lawmaker from California has raised nearly $26 million so far this year, $24.7 million of which she gave to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The amount is $10 million more than she sent them two years ago.
Pelosi amassed the money by holding 124 VIP events in 22 cities, and she also sponsored a DCCC email campaign, which persuaded 115,000 small donors to give $2 million.
However, Pelosi has nothing on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). He has raised $33.1 million for the Republican coffers during the first six months of 2017 — and he most likely used her name and image to bring in a big chunk of those donations.
Pelosi said on Sunday that questions about her continued leadership of the House are “unimportant,” stating that Democrats must instead focus on the party’s new economic agenda prior to midterm elections.
“Better pay. Better jobs and a better future. And that’s what we look forward to having. And we have unity in our party. You saw it with the fight on the Affordable Care Act in the House and in the Senate,” she told Chris Wallace on Fox News, calling herself a “master legislator” who is more than capable of retaining her role as speaker.
“I am a master legislator. I know the budget to the n-th degree. I know the motivation of people,” responded Pelosi in the face of critics from her own party. “I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus. I have never not been opposed within my caucus.”
ABOUT NANCY PELOSI
Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is an American politician who currently serves as the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, representing California’s 12th congressional district. She previously served as the 52nd House Speaker from 2007 to 2011, the only woman to do so. As Speaker, she attained the highest rank of any female politician in American history.
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 her 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 alongside President George W. Bush. Pelosi is the first woman, the first Californian, and 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 for the 110th and 111th Congresses alongside Presidents Bush and Barack Obama.
On November 17, 2010, Pelosi was elected as the Democratic Leader by House Democrats and therefore the Minority Leader in the Republican-controlled House for the 112th Congress.
Her husband, since 1963, is Paul Pelosi. They have five children: Nancy Corinne, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul, and Alexandra, as well as eight grandchildren. Alexandra, a journalist, covered the Republican presidential campaigns in 2000 and made a film about the experience, Journeys with George. In 2007, Christine published a book, Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders.
Pelosi lives in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.
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