House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi to serve as minority leader, despite grumbling by some in the caucus who believe the party would benefit from an infusion of new leadership.
Pelosi was elected by voice vote — there was no ballot.
Democrats were also expected to re-elect the top leaders who have served in their roles for years, including Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., as minority whip.
According to a Democratic aide, there were “no audible nays” in the closed-door meeting when Pelosi was nominated.
She received a standing ovation, an aide said, telling the room that the Democratic caucus will focus on issues critical to the helping the middle class.
Democrats, she said, "are the strongest team on the field."
A liberal from California, Pelosi’s politics align with a Democratic caucus that has moved further left over the course of recent elections.
But House Democrats have watched their once-imposing majority sink to historic levels.
Democrats lost their majority in 2010. And in the most recent election on Nov. 4, they gave up 12 more seats to the GOP. Republicans now control 244 seats, compared with just 186 seats for the Democrats.
An aide said three lawmakers nominated Pelosi for minority leader, praising her for promoting diversity and for working across party lines to pass legislation.
“No one has worked harder to be inclusive,” Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., said, according to an aide in the room. “As a woman and a Latina, I thank you for that. She understands our power is our diversity."
Pelosi served as House Speaker from 2007 until 2011. Pelosi was minority leader from 2003 to 2007, before becoming speaker. In 2002, Pelosi became the first women to serve as Democratic whip.