Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 83, declared her re-election bid on Sept. 8, as The Epoch Times reported.
"Now more than ever, our City needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery," posted Ms. Pelosi on X, formerly Twitter.
"Our country needs America to show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for ALL. That is why I am running for reelection — and respectfully ask for your vote."
Should she win the next election, Pelosi would be 86 years old at the end of her 20th term.
Pelosi's History in Office
Pelosi has been a member of Congress since June 2, 1987, when she was elected to represent San Francisco. To fill the seat of the late Rep. Sheila Burton (D-CA), she won a special election.
The first woman to hold the role, which is second only to the presidency, she served as speaker from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023.
She left the House leadership last year when Democrats lost the majority. Pelosi is now formally known as Speaker Emerita.
"Scripture teaches us that for everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven," said Ms. Pelosi, a Catholic, on the House floor announcing her transition from leadership to back-bencher.
"My friends, no matter what title you all, my colleagues, have bestowed upon me — speaker, leader, whip — there is no greater official honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco," she added.
"This I will continue to do as a member of the House, speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California and defending our Constitution," Pelosi concluded.
Pelosi's Comments on Calls for a Colleague to Retire
Pelosi has implied that sexism was at play when some Democrats called for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), now in her late eighties, to resign because of her health. The calls came after Feinstein missed more than a month of Senate work earlier this year after being sidelined by a case of shingles.
Pelosi issued a rebuke to the voices calling for Feinstein's resignation from the House Democratic Caucus, claiming that sexism was at play, as The Epoch Times previously reported.
“It’s interesting to me. I don’t know what political agendas are at work that are going after Sen. Feinstein in that way. I’ve never seen them go after a man who was sick in the Senate in that way,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill.
Feinstein "deserves the respect to get well and be back on duty," Pelosi added.