Pelosi's departure ushers in long-awaited generational change for Democrats

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to step down as leader after two decades makes way for generational change young Democrats have long called for.

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement Thursday that she is stepping down after two decades leading House Democrats represents the generational change that younger rank-and-file members had been demanding for years.

"For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic Caucus that I so deeply respect," Pelosi, 82, said in her floor speech.

Her top lieutenant, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland, followed suit, saying he also would not run for leadership in the new Congress.

But Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina apparently didn’t get the memo.

Nancy Pelosi steps down from leadership, passes torch to new generation of DemsNov. 18, 202202:21The most powerful Black lawmaker and a close ally of President Joe Biden, Clyburn said Friday he is running to stay in leadership in the No. 4 spot as "assistant minority leader," rather than bow out or accept an emeritus or other ceremonial role.

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