Pingree Statement on Speaker Pelosi Announcement
Washington, November 17, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) statement on Speaker Nancy Pelosi passing on the gavel:
“There never has been and never will be a Speaker of the House like Nancy Pelosi. She forged a path from homemaker to the first woman ever to hold the gavel as House Speaker—becoming an inspiration for young women and girls everywhere to run for elected office themselves. As a colleague and friend of Speaker Pelosi, I will sincerely miss her. And I consider it one of the great privileges of my time in the House to have served with her as Speaker.
“Nancy Pelosi’s gutsy leadership and unwavering commitment to progress stewarded landmark bills like the Affordable Care Act and the biggest climate investment in history to the President’s desk. No one could count votes like Nancy, and no one else could filibuster for eight hours in 4-inch heels as she did to defend Dreamers. She has made immense personal sacrifices to advance progress—even as she was wrongly vilified by the far right, nearly killed by a MAGA mob in the Capitol, and most recently, was targeted because of radical rhetoric from the GOP, leaving her husband violently assaulted in their home. Speaker Pelosi’s unbreakable dedication to the truth, our democracy, and the People’s House leaves big shoes to fill.”