House Democrats re-elected Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, batting down insurgent Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio in a closed-door meeting, 134-63.
The leadership elections were scheduled to take place before Thanksgiving, but the vote was delayed to give Democrats more time to discuss a recovery plan. Pelosi, 76, promised to make some changes to appease those frustrated in her caucus. She pledged to add a member of the freshmen class to her leadership team.
After the closed-door session, Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty put out a statement explaining her voter for Pelosi:
— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) November 30, 2016
Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema released her own statement expressing her disappointment:
The party faces a rough 2017, with the GOP consolidating efforts to repeal Obamacare and other initiatives championed by President Barack Obama. Pelosi was a pivotal player in pushing the Affordable Care Act through Congress. Pelosi's re-election was not unexpected, but conservative pundits and political commentators criticized Democrats for maintaining the status quo.
What a relief. I was worried they had learned from the elections & might be competitive and cohesive again. https://t.co/cvwi0IxLdU
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 30, 2016
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) November 30, 2016