Despite challenge, House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as minority leader

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) easily fended off a long-shot challenge by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) Wednesday to unseat her, enabling her to continue on as the top Democrat in Congress.

Before the vote was tallied, Rep. Stephen Lynch of MA said Mrs. Pelosi is going to have to figure out how to bolster the party's image with working class voters if she won another term.

Dingell said she has spoken "endlessly" to Pelosi about appealing to Midwestern voters, and said she gets it. "Leader Pelosi always listened and she always understood".

Pelosi vowed on Wednesday to unify the Democrats in efforts to defend President Obama's legislative legacy from the incoming Trump administration, while proposing caucus reforms so as to empower younger Democratic lawmakers who have been frustrated by the lack of leadership opportunities.

"I'm very concerned we just signed the Democratic party's death certificate. unless we change what we are talking about, which is really the working man and woman's agenda", said Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon. "I was anxious they had learned from the elections and might be competitive and cohesive again".

Only 63 Democrats voted against Pelosi, while 134 voted her back in. "We now have a leadership that is listening to what we say", said Representative Marcia Fudge of OH, a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus who supported Ryan.

Ryan, who has considered running for higher office in the past, including the US Senate seat held by Sherrod Brown, would not rule out a run for governor of OH when asked Wednesday.

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Leading pro-life groups found it ironic that Pelosi and House Democrats would call for an end to the investigation o the anniversary of Kermti Gosnell's conviction. "No one is a better tactician than Nancy Pelosi". Pelosi also assured Democrats that the party would renew its focus on economic issues in Congress.

"I'm very anxious we just signed the Democratic Party's death certificate for the next decade and a half unless we change and adopt what Tim's been talking about, which is really a workingman and -woman's agenda, regardless of who you are", Schrader told reporters. Pelosi was a latecomer to one of the most significant moves by fellow House Democrats this session - a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor to protest congressional inaction on gun-control legislation.

"We talk more about free-range chickens than we do working people on the Democratic side sometimes", Representative Stephen Lynch of MA said before the vote. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., to serve as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee again, despite the fact that Democrats only picked up six seats this go-around and many in the party suggested it should be an elected position.

The 47-year-old Sanchez, whose parents emigrated from Mexico, is the first minority female in House leadership. "That is - it's a pain and not for me, personally, but for what it means to the American people", Pelosi said.

"We're a family, and sometimes families have to have tough conversations", Ryan said after the vote, flanked by supporters. The California Democrat said that she was "exhilarated" by the vote. Pelosi held her weekly news conference to answer questions from the media.

"All parties need to have a way for young talent to get on an escalator and come up and make leaders", says Mr. Thurber. The Democratic leadership vote was supposed to be held two weeks ago but was postponed amid grumbling from some members about the need for further reflection on the election results. The leadership changes will be considered by the caucus in the days ahead. "Today, we made a caucus more responsive to its members".