Time for Pelosi to 'pass the torch,' senior House Democrat says
By Natalie Andrews
Rep. Linda Sánchez says younger members should lead
WASHINGTON -- A senior House Democrat on Thursday said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and two of her top lieutenants should "pass the torch" to younger members to lead the conference in 2018.
"They are all of the same generation and again, their contributions to the Congress and the caucus are substantial," said Linda Sánchez of California in a C-Span interview, "but I think there comes a time when you need to pass that torch. And I think it's time."
Pelosi, 77, has led House Democrats since 2003, including a four-year stint as House speaker when the Democrats were in the majority, from 2007 to 2011. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, 78, is minority whip, and Rep. John Conyers, 88, of Michigan, is assistant minority leader.
In November, House Democrats elected Pelosi as their leader for an eighth term, but for the first time she faced significant opposition, surrendering 63 of 197 votes to Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who is 44. The Democrats have subsequently lost four special elections that opened up when Republican lawmakers left to fill positions in the Trump administration.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com (https://www.wsj.com/articles/senior-democrat-says-nancy-pelosi-should-step-aside-1507240730?mod=mktw).
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