WASHINGTON – Nancy Pelosi agreed to term limits in a deal Wednesday with rebel Democrats that paved the way for her to become House speaker in January.
The longest the California Democrat, who is 78, could serve as speaker would be four more years.
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That concession quickly gained her the votes of some former members of the anti-Pelosi faction, including Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), with several other “yes” votes expected to trickle in.
“Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders, a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus,” Pelosi said in a statement.
The Democratic rebellion had already looked to be on its last legs, with no alternative candidate in the running.
The proposal also limits the terms of her two deputies, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).
The longest they could serve in their current posts would be until 2022.
Both told Politico they oppose term limits.
But Pelosi would be bound by the deal even if it isn’t approved by the Democratic caucus.