Rep. Smith Statement on Pelosi’s Announcement to Depart House Democratic Leadership
November 17, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today released the following statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she will not be returning to House leadership. Speaker Pelosi is stepping down from leadership after leading House Democrats for 19 years and serving as Speaker of the House for four terms.
“Speaker Pelosi’s courageous and fearless leadership has made a tremendous impact in the halls of Congress, the United States, and across the world. As the first woman to be elected Speaker, Nancy has made history and leaves behind a legacy as a champion for American progress. It has been inspiring to watch her lead our caucus and I am honored to call her a friend.
“Every significant legislative accomplishment over the last two decades was made possible by Nancy’s steady leadership and relentless commitment to doing what’s right for the American people. From the Affordable Care Act to the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, Nancy has been the one constant figure leading us in passing legislation to create a more prosperous country for future generations. Throughout our time working together, I would often find myself in awe at the unrelenting breakneck pace that Nancy worked to successfully guide our caucus and support our members. I will always appreciate the faith and trust she placed in me, especially in my role leading the Armed Services Committee.
“Nancy was a uniquely effective and committed leader, and her departure will be deeply felt. We are all better off for her lifetime of service to the American people.”