Nancy Patricia Pelosi was born on March 26, 1940, and is an American politician, serving in the United States House of Representatives as their speaker since 2019. Although her previous term was from 2007 to 2011, she has served as a U.S. representative from California since 1987 and is a member of the Democratic Party. She is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as a speaker of the House. She was born to an Italian American family and was the only girl out of six children. Let’s celebrate her today.
Nancy Patricia Pelosi
March 26, 1940
Nancy Patricia Pelosi was born on March 26, 1940, in Baltimore to an Italian-American family. Her mother, Annunciata M. Nancy D’Alesandro, a native of South Italy, immigrated to the U.S. in 1912, and her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., was a Genoa native. Both her parents were active in politics as her father was a Democratic congressman of Maryland and several years later became the Mayor of Baltimore. In addition, her mother taught her the value of social networking. Her brother Thomas D’Alesandro the Third also became the Mayor of Baltimore from 1967 to 1971 thus, Pelosi was introduced to politics from an early age.
At a young age, Pelosi assisted her father at his campaign events, including attending John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address when he was sworn in as president in January of 1961. In 1958 she graduated from an all-girls catholic high school called the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, and in 1962 she graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., where she achieved a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She continued to intern for Senator Daniel Brewster in the 60s. In 1976 she was elected as a committee member for the Democratic National Committee in California, a position she held until 1996. She was then elected as part chair for Northern California in 1977. Four years later, she was elected the head of the California Democratic Party, which she led until 1983. In 1984 she served as a Host Committee chairwoman in the San Francisco Democratic National Convention and then as Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee finance chair from 1985 to 1986.
On January 3, 2021, Pelosi was re-elected for her fourth term as speaker of the House of Representatives. During her second term, she was involved in the passing of the Biden administration’s two major bills — the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. She announced in January 2022 that she aims to seek reelection as a U.S. representative that year.
Pelosi becomes the first woman to lead a party in Congress.
Pelosi attempts to partially privatize Social Security with the help of the president’s administration.
Pelosi loses her reign after the Republican Party wins a majority in the House of Representatives.
Pelosi becomes the dean of California’s congressional delegation.
She becomes the first former speaker to return since Sam Rayburn in 1955.
Pelosi is reelected as speaker of the House, which has been expected to be her last.
Why We Love Nancy Pelosi
She’s passionate about her job
According to Pelosi, when she was a young child, she rejected a toy handed to her by a Republican. She’s been a Democrat since birth!
She assisted with the Affordable Care Act
Pelosi was determined to get some version of the whole act through and worked on making amendments to it for the future. The act gives all Americans access to quality and affordable healthcare.
She is an L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ ally
In 2013 Pelosi received the lifetime pro-L.G.B.T. Achievement award and was attributed with doing the most for the community than anyone else in Washington. She offers a powerful voice for human rights across the world.
5 Surprising Facts
She is the first woman speaker
Pelosi is the first woman in U.S. history to be a speaker of the House of Representatives.
She helped impeach Trump
Under her leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump twice.
She is of Italian descent
Her ancestry from her father's side is Italian, and she grew up in Baltimore’s Little Italy.
She is a mother
Pelosi has five children and five grandchildren.
Her daughter is a world-renowned filmmaker
Her daughter, Alexandra Pelosi, is the director of the H.B.O. film “Outside the Bubble.”
Nancy Pelosi FAQs
Is Nancy Pelosi full Italian?
Pelosi was born in Baltimore to an Italian-American family, the youngest of six children of her mother, Annunciata M. Nancy D’Alesandro, and Thomas D’Alesandro Jr.
How long is the Speaker of the House term?
The House elects a new speaker by roll call vote when it finishes after a general election for its two-year term.
What party does Nancy Pelosi represent?
Pelosi represents the Democratic Party, which is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States. At present, its main political rival is the Republican Party.
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