California Democrat Nancy Pelosi announced on Wednesday she will stay on as House Minority Leader, despite a second consecutive defeat for her party’s attempt to win back the majority in Congress.
“The message is clear from the American people. They want us to work together to get things done. And that’s what these folks are here to do. Just like all of you,” Pelosi announced while surrounded by 37 newly-elected House Democrats, reports the Washington Post. “We may not have the gavel, but as I can see in this room, we have the unity.”
It was unsure if Pelosi, 72, would maintain leadership after last Tuesday’s elections, which saw Democrats fall 17 seats short of the majority. Republicans, led by the conservative grass roots Tea Party, routed Democrats out of 63 seats in the 2010 midterm elections.
Pelosi is the woman to lead a congressional party caucus and the first woman to become House Speaker. She was instrumental in securing the needed votes to pass Obamacare.