Speaker Nancy Pelosi will stay until at least after the midterm elections, extending her nearly 20-year run as the House's top Democrat after she turns 82 and, perhaps, beyond.
Sources familiar with Pelosi's thinking say she isn't ruling out the possibility of trying to stay in leadership after 2022, despite her original vow to leave as the top House Democrat. She plans to devote much of next year to raising money for Democrats as they try to hold on to their slim majority in the House, according to three sources. 'Running, winning, and stepping aside at the appropriate time keeps her powder dry, avoids a run on Dem stock heading into the midterms, and sets her up to pick her successor in the special,' GOP lobbyist Liam Donovan told NBC News.
Pelosi was asked how long she planned to stay in power and said: 'There was a move to put limits on the leadership and the chairs of committees.
'They said they were going to do it, they didn't do it. But what I said then was whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits.'