WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will be looking to keep her job as the Democratic leader in the House.
Her colleagues have said for days that the post would be hers if she wanted it.
Last week's elections left the Democrats still in the minority in the House, even as Democrats gained seats in the Senate and President Barack Obama won a second term.
Pelosi said today that her colleagues told her, "Don't even think of leaving." She spoke surrounded by women lawmakers, and said she's "very, very proud" of the role that women played in last week's election.
Republicans are reacting with derision. A spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee says there's "no better person" to preside over what he calls "the most liberal House Democratic caucus in history."
183-w-31-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.)--The Democratic leader in the House plans to serve for another two years. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (14 Nov 2012)
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184-a-13-(House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., with reporters)-"House Democratic leader (cheers fade)"-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she wants to remain as the top House Democrat. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (14 Nov 2012)
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APPHOTO WX101: FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A congressional official says Pelosi has told her party caucus she will remain as minority leader in the new session of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (13 Sep 2012)
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APPHOTO DCPM132: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2102, with newly elected Democratic House members. At left is Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy, D-Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (13 Nov 2012)
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