Nancy Pelosi was narrowly reelected Sunday as speaker, giving her the reins of Democrats’ slender House majority as she and President-elect Joe Biden set a challenging course of producing legislation to tackle the pandemic, revive the economy and address other party priorities.
“We accept a responsibility as daunting and demanding as any that previous generations of leadership have faced,” the California Democrat told the chamber as she accepted a fresh two-year term in her post, perhaps her last.
Citing the 350,000 Americans who’ve died from COVID-19 and the millions who’ve lost jobs and livelihoods, she won a standing ovation when she said, “Our most urgent priority will continue to be defeating the coronavirus. And defeat it, we will.”
Pelosi, who has led her party in the House since 2003 and is the only woman to be speaker, received 216 votes to 209 for McCarthy, who again will be the chamber’s minority leader.
Pelosi’s election came 17 days before Biden is inaugurated. Yet rather than a fresh start for him and Pelosi, there are issues and undercurrents that will carry over from President Donald Trump’s tempestuous administration.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a Nigerian man identified as Nnamdi Chukwuocha has won his re-election to the Delaware state House of Representatives.
Chukwuocha ran on the platform of the Democratic Party in the United States general election, joining other Nigerians that were victorious at the poll.
Chukwuocha is representing District 1, and has been doing so since January 8, 2019. His current term ends on November 8, 2022. He was elected to represent District 1 in the Delaware House of Representatives in 2018, but assumed office in 2019.
In a related development, US president-elect Joe Biden has appointed Nigerian-born Osaremen Okolo as one of his advisers on COVID-19.
Okolo, who is a daughter of Nigerian immigrants, was appointed on Thursday, December 31, as one of the members of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 response team.
With her appointment, the Nigerian-born American becomes one of the first 100 White House appointees that will work with the president-elect when he finally takes over the Oval Office on January 20.