Despite disappointing losses suffered by Democrats in U.S. House races across the country this month, the Congressional body appears to be returning to the “Same Ol’ Same Old.”
Nancy Pelosi is set to retain her position as Speaker of the House after nominations and votes were held among the Democratic membership Wednesday. The formal vote for Speaker as well as other leadership positions will take place as the new Congress convenes in January.
Speaker Pelosi will need the full support of the 218 Democratic House members. The hopes of the Democratic Party were dashed in both Congressional and Senate races. In U.S. House races, Democrats failed to hold on to seats or flip seats in major states like Florida.
In addition to Ms. Pelosi, familiar names and faces will also return, including Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC) to the number three position as House Majority Whip. Completing the trio is Representative Stenny Hoyer (D-Maryland) returning as second in command, House Majority Leader. The only change among the top four positions is the addition of Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts. The seven-year Representative was elected by fellow Democrats to the position of assistant speaker.
Why We Need To Know:
Just as citizens have had to educate themselves about voter engagement from registration to doing homework about the candidates to tracking a mail-in ballot to trying to make sense of what the Electoral College is, there is still more to do. There is work to do by the electorate and the elected.
With all due respect to the power and vision exhibited in the past by the Representatives Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn, the time for change is now. Just as President-elect Biden promised an administration that reflects America, it is hoped that Congress and the Senate will do this as well. Among the four top leaders of the next session of House of Representatives, the collective age is just shy of 300 years. Just like the Biden administration has promised, the U.S. House and the Senate need youth and more melanin among our leaders.