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15 Democrats defect on speaker vote to oppose Pelosi

January 3, 2019 7:47 PM
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15 Democrats defect on speaker vote to oppose Pelosi

Pelosi, the 78-year-old congresswoman from California, made history when she was first elected House speaker in 2007 as the first woman to serve in the role. While she isn’t the first to regain the speaker’s job, the last time a lawmaker reclaimed the gavel was more than a half-century ago.

Pelosi needed an “absolute majority” of votes cast from the House floor to regain her old job on Thursday. With 220 votes out of 430, she easily beat Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

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