Updated on Nov. 20 at 3:31 p.m. | Now that she’s helped Democrats win the House majority, Nancy Pelosi’s bid to reclaim the speaker’s gavel is officially underway.
Several Democratic candidates expressed opposition to Pelosi or echoed general calls for new leadership during their campaigns, but only a handful had made specific pledges to oppose her during a floor vote for speaker. That number has grown since the election, but so too has the number of members-elect supporting Pelosi.
No one has announced plans to challenge Pelosi for the gavel, and many members who are looked at as future leaders have announced bids for lower level leadership positions.
Regardless of whether she gets a challenger, Pelosi is expected to win a majority of the Democratic Caucus’ support for speaker during a closed-door vote Nov. 28. But she’ll need to lock down 218 votes from her own party for the floor vote on Jan. 3.
New Members Could Spell Trouble for Pelosi’s Speaker Bid
Unless Pelosi can convince some of her critics to not participate in the speaker vote or vote “present” — which would lower the threshold she needs to reach of a majority of House members voting — she is poised to have a cushion of somewhere between 14 to 18 votes, depending on how many of the remaining uncalled races fall in Democrats' favor.
Here are the Democratic candidates who have won their races so far and where they stand on the Pelosi question. This list does not include incumbents, at least 11 of whom have also said they'll vote against Pelosi for speaker on the floor.
Will vote against Pelosi on the floor
The following newly elected Democrats have specifically committed to voting against Pelosi for speaker on the floor.
- Conor Lamb, Pennsylvania’s 17th District (already a member but won his first full term in a different district)
- Jason Crow, Colorado’s 6th District
- Abigail Spanberger, Virginia’s 7th District
- Max Rose, New York’s 11th District
- Joe Cunningham, South Carolina’s 1st District
- Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey’s 2nd District
- Jarden Golden, Maine's 2nd District
Was opposed, now unclear
These newly elected Democrats have at some point said they would oppose Pelosi for speaker but some have since been less clear about where they stand, suggesting they might not vote against her on the floor.
- Rashida Tlaib, Michigan’s 13th District
- Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey’s 11th District
- Elissa Slotkin, Michigan’s 8th District
- Haley Stevens, Michigan’s 11th District
- Jahana Hayes, Connecticut’s 5th District
- Andy Kim, New Jersey's 3rd District
- Gil Cisneros, California's 39th District
Wants new leadership
Some incoming Democrats have called for new leadership without specifying an exact position on Pelosi.
Undecided or dodged Pelosi questions
Many of the incoming freshman Democrats dodged the Pelosi question during their campaigns. Some said they were undecided, while others said they’d have to wait to see who would be running for speaker.
- Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Illinois’s 4th District
- Greg Stanton, Arizona’s 9th District
- Sharice Davids, Kansas’s 3rd District
- Susan Wild, Pennsylvania’s 7th District
- Sean Casten, Illinois’s 6th District
- Antonio Delgado, New York’s 19th District
- Lauren Underwood, Illinois’ 14th District
- Elaine Luria, Virginia’s 2nd District
- Chris Pappas, New Hampshire’s 1st District
- Tom Malinowski, New Jersey’s 7th District
- Abby Finkenauer, Iowa’s 1st District
- Colin Allred, Texas’ 32nd District
- Cindy Axne, Iowa’s 3rd District
- Ed Case, Hawaii’s 1st District
- Susie Lee, Nevada’s 3rd District
- Steven Horsford, Nevada’s 4th District
- Xochitl Torres Small, New Mexico’s 2nd District
- Lucy McBath, Georgia’s 6th District
- Joseph Morelle, New York’s 25th District
- Josh Harder, California’s 10th District
A few incoming Democrats have said or strongly signaled they will support Pelosi for speaker.
- Deb Haaland, New Mexico’s 1st District
- Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Florida’s 26th District
- Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona’s 2nd District
- Mike Levin, California’s 49th District
- Veronica Escobar, Texas’ 16th District
- Andy Levin, Michigan’s 9th District
- Angie Craig, Minnesota’s 2nd District
- Donna E. Shalala, Florida’s 27th District
- Madeleine Dean, Pennsylvania’s 4th District
- David Trone, Maryland’s 6th District
- Katie Hill, California’s 25th District
- Jennifer Wexton, Virginia’s 10th District
- Kim Schrier, Washington’s 8th District
- Sylvia R. Garcia, Texas’ 29th District
- Ilhan Omar, Minnesota’s 5th District
- Lori Trahan, Massachusetts’ 3rd District
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York’s 14th District
- Chrissy Houlahan, Pennsylvania’s 6th District
- Joe Neguse, Colorado’s 2nd District
- Mary Gay Scanlon, Pennsylvania’s 5th District
- Katie Porter, California's 45th District
- Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Texas’ 7th District
- Harley Rouda, California’s 48th District