WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi informed congressional Democrats on Wednesday evening that she is a candidate for speaker and asked for their support.
“I am writing to respectfully request your support for Speaker, and do so with confidence and humility. Thank you for your consideration,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote in personalized letters to both members and members-elect.
Pelosi told reporters Wednesday afternoon she believes she is the best candidate for the job as well as the most electable.
Democrats won 223 seats during Tuesday’s mid-term elections. Two-hundred-and-eighteen seats constitute a majority. Republicans won 199 seats.
Thirteen races have yet to be called. Democrats are expected to expand their majority when all the votes are counted.
Republicans have controlled the House since 2011. Pelosi served as speaker during the preceding four years in which Democrats controlled the lower chamber.
Several members and members-elect have said they will not support Pelosi. They argue that the minority leader, who is 78, should step aside and let younger Democrats take the reigns of party leadership.
However, it is unclear if Pelosi will face a leadership challenge.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) challenged Pelosi in 2016 and was easily defeated. The then-43-year-old lawmaker garnered less than a quarter of the support of the Democratic Caucus.
Democrats reportedly will hold leadership elections the week after Congress returns from its Thanksgiving recess.