Nancy Pelosi is the current Speaker of the House in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a Democrat from San Francisco, California.
Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the House. During her first time as Speaker she held the office from January 4, 2007 to January 3, 2011. She became Speaker again in 2019.
She was also the first Roman Catholic, first Italian-American, and the first Californian to be Speaker of the House.
Congress is made up of two parts: The Senate is the higher house and the House of Representatives is the lower house.
The House of Representatives has 435 voting members. Members are elected for two years.
The reason some states have more Representatives than other states is because they have more people.
The main duty of the Speaker of the House is to make sure that the House passes legislation supported by the majority party.
The Speaker seldom votes or joins in House debates.
If both the President and Vice President can no longer serve, the Speaker of the House becomes the President.
Pelosi was born on March 26, 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland. Both her father and brother were mayors of Baltimore.
She attended an all-girls high school in Baltimore, and went on to graduate from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1962.
While a student at Trinity, she met her future husband, Paul Pelosi. She and her husband have five grown children and many grandchildren.
George W. Bush was President when Pelosi first became Speaker of the House. She continued to serve as Speaker for the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency. During her current term as Speaker of the House, she has served under President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.
1. The House of Representatives elects the Speaker of the House by a majority vote.
2. Nancy Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the House. She was called Madam Speaker.
3. Since 1987, Pelosi has represented California's 8th congressional district. The 8th District covers most of San Francisco.
4. Before she got married in 1963, her maiden name was name was D'Alesandro.
5. She ran for public office after her youngest child became a senior in high school.
1. Who is the Speaker of the House now?
2. What are the two parts of Congress?
3. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
4. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
5. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?