Currently the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, is now one step closer to becoming speaker when her party takes control of that chamber in January.
Wednesday, a caucus session was held during which Pelosi overwhelmingly won the Democratic nomination for the post, with help from Rep. André Carson, D-Indiana.
Pelosi still doesn't have the necessary 218 votes needed to reclaim the speaker's gavel. The vote Wednesday—203 yes to 32 no, with three ballots blank—left her 15 votes shy of that mark.
Pelosi will have until the final vote on Jan. 3, 2019 to make up that ground.
Though Pelosi has been leading the Democrats in the House for the last 15 years—during which she served as Speaker from 2007 to 2011—her leadership has come under scrutiny from those in her own party.
Despite this, Carson reiterated his support after Wednesday's vote.
“Today I cast my vote for Nancy Pelosi to become the next Speaker of the House. Leader Pelosi has an unparalleled record in Congress. She has gone toe to toe with presidents and the Senate and pushed through huge reforms like the Affordable Care Act and Dodd-Frank. Through wars and economic recessions, she has continually put the country first,” stated Carson.
“Leader Pelosi is an advocate for our members, giving all of us a chance to grow and succeed. She has shown that she is open to new ideas that harness the power and diversity of our party. Despite significant criticism, she appointed me to be the first Muslim Member on the House Intelligence Committee and supported my candidacy to join the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, knowing it was a critical issue to my district.
“The American people have charged Democrats with a tremendous responsibility during these unusual times. Because we need skilled leadership now more than ever, I believe the best person to lead us in this work is Nancy Pelosi.”