Grinning Nancy Pelosi is confirmed as Speaker for the second time as Democrats take power – putting Congress on a collision course with Trump over investigations and government shutdown

Thursday, January 3, 2019
By Paul Martin

Nancy Pelosi returned to power as speaker of the House on Thursday
She is the first person in more than 50 years to return after losing speakership
Her grandkids helped her vote for herself during the vote
The first day for lawmakers will be long on work and short on glamour
They will be doing business of the day and voting on legislation
Lawmakers spent the morning getting their member pins and voting cards
Several had family members with them

3 January 2019

Nancy Pelosi, grinning broadly and standing out on the House floor in hot pink, was elected Speaker of the House on Thursday as Democrats returned to power.

And it was a return to power for the woman who became the first speaker in 2007, only to lose power four years later.

She was back on top on Thursday, speaker’s gavel in her hand, grandchildren at her side.

Democrats gave her a standing ovation when she was nominated while Republicans stayed locked in their seats.

‘House Democrats are down with NDP,’ Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said of Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi as he nominated her to the job. ‘Nancy Pelosi is just getting started.’

He said of the longtime lawmaker: ‘Nancy Pelosi is a woman of faith, a loving wife, a mother of 5, a grandmother of 9, a sophisticated strategist, a legendary legislator, a voice for the voiceless, a defender of the disenfranchised.’

The roll call vote began shortly after 1 p.m. with the Clerk of the House calling out each member in alphabetical order.

Pelosi sat on the edge of her seat at times, smiling broadly as Democrats called out her name. She would swivel her head around the room to watch as the votes racked up in her favor.

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