Pelosi Reportedly Planning To Run For Speaker Again Despite Saying This Would Be Last Term

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will reportedly run for reelection and is not ruling out the possibility of trying to stay in leadership after 2022, despite an agreement on term limits for leadership positions.

Pelosi is planning to file and run for reelection in her California district next year, according to CNN. Sources told the outlet that Pelosi is considering trying to stay in leadership after 2022, although House Democrats and Pelosi agreed to term limits for the top three Democratic leaders in the House. The agreement would stop her from another run at Speaker in 2022.

“This proposal, which was developed by Members who care about the institution of the House of Representatives, would provide that Members in senior leadership positions can serve 3 terms with an additional term with two-thirds support of the Caucus,” Pelosi said in a statement in 2018. “It would include the two terms of the Democratic Majority from 2007 to 2011.”

Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) (R) talks to reporters following a House Democratic Caucus meeting in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on October 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Democratic Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who was reportedly the leader of a group of Democrats who asked Pelosi to agree to the term limit, said in 2019 that they are no longer asking for the party to make the rules official. “We’re just letting it sit right now,” he said. (RELATED: ‘Strategically Poised To Hold The House’ — Pelosi Sends Note To Dems Saying They Are ‘Preparing For Victory One Year Out’)

The Daily Caller contacted Perlmutter’s office, asking if he believes the term limit should be implemented or if Pelosi should be able to run for leadership again after this term, to which they did not immediately respond.

In late November, Pelosi sent a letter to donors and grassroots supporters saying House Democrats are poised to maintain a majority in 2022 and are preparing for victory despite a number of retirements and bad polling for Democrats.

New York Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is reportedly a leading contender to succeed Pelosi.

Jeffries’ office was asked by the Caller if he is actually considering a run for Speaker of the House and if he will he vote for Pelosi to lead House Democrats again if he does not run, to which they did not respond.

Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2003.