Birthday: March 26, 1940
Famous: Political Leaders American Women
Age: 79 Years, 79 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Aries
Also Known As: Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi
Born In: Baltimore
Famous As: Politician
Height: 5’5″ (165 cm), 5’5″ Females
Political Ideology: Democratic
Family: Spouse/Ex-: Paul Pelosi (M. 1963)
Children: Alexandra Pelosi, Christine Pelosi, Jacqueline Pelosi, Jr., Nancy Corinne Pelosi, Paul Pelosi
City: Baltimore, Maryland
Who Is Nancy Pelosi?
Nancy Pelosi Early Life and Career
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was born Nancy D’Alesandro on March 26, 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland. Pelosi carries on the family tradition of being involved in politics. Her father served in Congress and was the mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, and her brother Thomas later served as mayor of Baltimore as well.
Pelosi graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., in 1962. While a student there, she met Paul Pelosi. The two later married and moved to San Francisco. They had five children: Nancy Corinne, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul and Alexandra.
Focused on raising her family, Nancy Pelosi got into politics slowly, starting out as a volunteer for the Democratic Party. She hosted parties and helped with campaigns. Pelosi rose up in the party ranks, serving as a California representative to the Democratic National Committee from 1976 to 1996. She also served as the state and northern chair of the California Democratic Party.
In 2002, Pelosi was selected to be the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, making her the first woman in history earn the honor. Four years later, she again broke new ground for women in U.S. politics. After the Democrats won majorities in both the House and the Senate in the 2006 midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi was chosen to become the first woman to take the post of speaker of the House.
Speaker of the House
As the leader of the Democratic Party in the House under a Republican president, Pelosi was sometimes a divisive figure. A vocal critic of President George W. Bush‘s stance on the war in Iraq, she advocated for the withdrawal of troops from the region. Pelosi found herself at the center of a controversy in 2009, when the CIA asserted that she had been made aware of its use of waterboarding of terrorism suspects—a technique that Pelosi had vocally opposed. Pelosi denied the CIA’s claims.
Pelosi lobbied for the development of better paying jobs, access to college education and affordable health care for all, and revised energy policy that focused on cleaner, more efficient domestic alternatives.
Shortly after winning the Speaker post, Pelosi enjoyed another personal highlight by becoming a grandmother for the sixth time: Her daughter, Alexandra, gave birth to a son, Paul Michael Vos, on November 13, 2006.
After the election of Barack Obama in 2008, Nancy Pelosi was in position to work with a president of the same party. She was instrumental in pushing for the health care reform legislation that became the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in 2010, a position that earned her more criticism from the GOP.
Pelosi remained House speaker until November 2010, when Republicans gained control of the House and elected John Boehner to the role, relegating Pelosi to minority leader.
As the House’s top Democrat, Pelosi endured criticism for her party’s losses and challenges to her leadership. Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan sought to replace her as minority leader in 2016, but was unsuccessful.
On February 7, 2018, Pelosi delivered a marathon speech on the House floor to protest legislation that lacked protection for “Dreamers,” the children of undocumented immigrants. Taking advantage of the “magic-minute rule,” which allows House leaders to talk for as long as they want, Pelosi read testimonies from Dreamers and recited Bible passages, in all standing for some eight hours and seven minutes, a House record dating back to at least 1909.
Return to Speaker Role
After Democrats reclaimed control of the House in the 2018 midterms, Nancy Pelosi was once again elected House speaker at the beginning of 2019, placing her on the front line in the battle with President Donald Trump over his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall spanning the U.S.-Mexico border.
The stalemate turned into a contentious 35-day government shutdown, with the speaker drawing most of the president’s ire for her control over congressional funding. However, shortly after Pelosi effectively canceled the traditional State of the Union address, scheduled for January 29, President Trump agreed to temporarily reopen the government.
After Congress passed a funding bill that allocated only $1.375 billion for the border wall, Trump declared a national emergency on February 15, allowing him to divert money for other projects to his wall. Pelosi countered by scheduling a House vote on legislation to end the national emergency, ratcheting up the pressure on Senate Republicans to take a stand on the issue. The gambit paid off, as the Republican-controlled Senate also voted to overturn the national emergency, forcing Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency.
The speaker found herself increasingly at odds with the progressive wing of her party, in particular a group of four freshmen congresswomen — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — known as “the Squad.” After the outspoken quartet voted against an emergency border funding bill in June, Pelosi fired back at their criticism of her negotiations. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she told The New York Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Pelosi and the Squad soon reunited in their opposition to Trump, after the president unleashed a Twitter diatribe in which he said the four congresswomen of color should “go back” to their countries. In mid-July, the speaker led a vote to formally condemn Trump’s words as racist, the first House rebuke of a president in more than 100 years.
Nancy Pelosi Impeachment Inquiry
After months of resisting calls from progressives to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Nancy Pelosi in September 2019 announced that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry. The tipping point came with reports that Trump had withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure its government into investigating the actions of 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden‘s son. “The president must be held accountable,” the speaker said. “No one is above the law.”
Nancy Pelosi Family
- On September 7, 1963, Nancy D’Alesandro married Paul Francis Pelosi at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore. They initially settled down in the New York City area where Paul was employed as a banker, remaining there until 1969. Thereafter, they moved to San Francisco where they reside until now.
- The couple has five children; Nancy Corinne, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul Jr. and Alexandra, all of them born within the first six years of their married life. Among them, Christine followed her mother’s footsteps, becoming Democratic Party’s political strategist from California while Alexandra grew up to be a journalist, documentary filmmaker and writer.
- Pelosi has often been listed on Forbes list of 100 most powerful women of the world. In 2014, she ranked 26th on the list.
Nancy Pelosi Net Worth
- In 2014, Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan organization, reported that Nancy Pelosi had an average net worth of $101,273,023, and she ranked 8th out of 25 wealthiest members of Congress. However, according to Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress Index, she had a net worth of $29.35 million during the same period.
- According to Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, Nancy Pelosi is neither an old nor new Democrat, she was a “prehistoric Democrat.”
- Pelosi loves chocolate and chocolate ice cream, and her office is always stocked with Ghirardelli chocolates. She also loves to solve crossword puzzles, and one of her favorite hobbies is to complete New York Times crossword puzzles.
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