Pelosi, Nancy

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August 11, 2022

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi (eng. Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi, née D'Alesandro; born March 26, 1940 [...], Baltimore, Maryland) is an American Democratic politician, member of the US House of Representatives since 1987, speaker House of Representatives from January 4, 2007 to January 3, 2011 and from January 3, 2019 to the present. On January 4, 2007, Pelosi was elected speaker of the lower house of Congress for the first time, becoming the first woman in this post in US history. The Democrats then regained their majority in the lower house of the US Parliament after twelve years in opposition. She also became the most senior woman in American history, taking the third most important position in the US power structure after the president and vice president. In the midterm elections to the House of Representatives in 2010, the Republicans again won the majority, and from 2011 to 2019, Pelosi was the leader of the Democratic minority of the lower house of the US Congress. After the Democratic victory in the 2018 midterm congressional elections, she again became speaker.

Youth, education and early career

Nancy Pelosi has Italian roots. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest of six children of Annunciata M. "Nancy" D'Alesandro (née Lombardi) and Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., who was a Democratic congressman from Maryland and mayor of Baltimore. Pelosi's brother, Thomas D'Alesandro-grandson (1929–October 20, 2019), also a Democrat, was mayor of Baltimore from 1967 to 1971, then refusing to run for a second term. Pelosi has been involved in politics since an early age. So, according to her, she was present at the inaugural speech of John F. Kennedy in 1961. Nancy graduated from Notre Dame (a Catholic girls' school) and Trinity College (now Trinity University of Washington) in DC in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in political science. She interned with Senator Daniel Brewster along with future House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Nancy met her future husband, Paul Frank Pelosi, at Trinity College, and they married in Baltimore on September 7, 1963. The family then moved to New York and later, in 1969, to San Francisco. Here Pelosi pro