House Speaker Pelosi Re-Elected

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The woman who made history two years ago by becoming the first female speaker of the House has been re-elected to that post.

House colleagues chose Nancy Pelosi Tuesday to continue as speaker. Her fellow Democrats, with an expanded majority, elected her over Republican John Boehner (BAY'-nur) on the first day of the 111th Congress.

Pelosi received 255 votes, to Boehner's 174. The announcement was met with a standing ovation from fellow lawmakers.

Pelosi, a Californian who represents one of the nation's most liberal congressional districts, will lead a Democratic majority that has grown by more than 20 members since the end of the last Congress.

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