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Pelosi Won't seek Re-Election to House Democratic Leadership

After two decades as the leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives, outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi says, "no more!"

During a sometimes emotional address to her congressional colleagues at noon time today, Pelosi announced that she will not seek another term in the leadership when the new session of Congress convenes in January.

Nancy Pelosi was first elected to Congress in 1987. In 2001 she was chosen as House Minority Whip. A year later, she became the Democratic minority leader when Dick Gephardt resigned his congressional seat to run for president.

She became the first female Speaker of the House in 2007.

Pelosi says she'll remain in the House representing her San Francisco district, but says she looks forward to having more time to spend with family, including her husband Paul, who continues to recover from being attacked last month in their home.

New York Congressman Hakim Jefferies seems to be emerging as a front-runner to replace Pelosi as the leader of House Democrats.

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