California Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elected as House speaker Thursday — returning her to a position she last held in January 2011 as Democrats took control of the lower chamber.
“House Democrats are down with NDP, Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi,” New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries roared as he nominated the 78-year-old veteran lawmaker, in what was likely the first reference to a Naughty by Nature song in a nominating speech for speaker.
Pelosi carried 220 of the 235 Democrats in the House. There are also 199 Republicans, with one vacancy in a contested North Carolina district.
A number of Democrats voted against Pelosi, including Utica Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who voted for Joe Biden, who is not in Congress.
Others included Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb, who voted for Rep. Joe Kennedy; Utah Rep. Ben McAdams, who went with Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida; New York Rep. Kathleen Rice, who voted for Stacey Abrams, the losing Georgia gubernatorial candidate; and Staten Island Rep. Max Rose, who voted for Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who earlier had opposed Pelosi, voted for her, prompting sarcastic boos from the Republican side.
Pelosi made news earlier in the day when she would not rule out impeaching President Trump.
“We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report,” Pelosi told the “Today” show.
“We shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn’t avoid impeachment for a political reason. We have to see.”
Pelosi all but ensured her election by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four years in the chamber’s top spot.
Some Democrats, including the far left wing of the party, had called for new leadership in the caucus.
Republicans are expected to largely vote for Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California