Nancy Pelosi was born on the 26th March 1940, into a political family and was first elected to Congress in 1987, subsequently completing 17 terms as of 2019. The American politician has served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives multiple times, including from 2007-2011 and from 2019 onwards, making her the only woman to hold this position and the highest elected female in US history.
Her political career has included leading the House Democrats, House minority leader and the previously mentioned Speaker role. Notable events include her opposition to the Iraq war and the Republican efforts to privatise parts of the Social Security system. Pelosi has also helped to pass many bills including the Affordable Care Act and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act.
A vocal critic of the Republicans when they have won power, she is a divisive figure for the nation, with many democratic supporters finding inspiration in her determined and principled action in Congress. However, Republicans will not feel so supportive of someone they feel has focused on party lines, instead of the good of the nation.
Whatever your political leaning, Pelosi has been a political fixture for decades and has worked for the improvement of her country, as highlighted in the quotations below.
1. We have so much room for improvement. Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory… of how we are taking responsibility
2. The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.
3. Democratic priorities remain clear: to provide a tax cut for working families, to promote policies that produce jobs and economic growth, and to assist millions of our fellow Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
4. America will be far safer if we reduce the chances of a terrorist attack in one of our cities than if
we diminish the civil liberties of our own people.
5. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.
6. I will not be making appointments to a committee that is not bipartisan
7. Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.
8. The impact of climate change is a tremendous risk to the security and well-being of our countries.
9. But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.
10. My biggest fight has been between those who wanted to do something incremental and those who wanted to do something comprehensive. We won that fight, and once we kick through this door, there’ll be more legislation to follow.
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/nancy-pelosi-quotesMy biggest fight has been between those who wanted to do something incremental and those who wanted to do something comprehensive. We won that fight, and once we kick through this door, there’ll be more legislation to follow.
11. Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.
12. I would never think of crying about any loss of an office, because that’s always a possibility, and if you’re professional, then you deal with it professionally.
13. Being the first woman speaker and breaking the marble ceiling is pretty important. Now it’s time to move on.
14. We haven’t really gotten the credit for what we have done.
15. We’re sad about some of the losses of members of great seniority and distinction in the Congress, and some very new members, who will no longer be serving with us.
16. I have absolutely no regret about my vote against this war. The same questions remain. The cost in human lives, the cost to our budget, probably 100 billion. We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less
17. America must be a light to the world, not just a missile.
18. I have newspapers coming to me and saying, ‘Can we get in on the TARP?’.
19. Americans deserve a better tomorrow, today.
20. After over 200 years, not even a fifth of Congress is women.
21. The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence; he embraced a radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history; and he failed to build a true international coalition.
22. Social Security has never failed to pay promised benefits, and Democrats will fight to make sure
that Republicans do not turn a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble.
23. We in Congress stand by Israel. In Congress, we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel.
24. Bipartisanship is nice, but it cannot be a substitute for action, not having it cannot prevent us from going forward
25. I have deep emotions about the American people. If I were to cry for anything, I would cry for them and the policies that they’re about to face.
26. Let’s just do what is right for the American people. And those of us who are involved in politics and government know that our responsibility is to the American people, that we have a responsibility to find our common ground, to seek it and to find it.
27. In our recovery package we put new standards of accountability and transparency, which we hope will now apply.
28. What we’re discussing privately and publicly, is a budget which is a blueprint for the future which
creates jobs, which educates our children, which provides healthcare for all Americans, which takes our deficit down, which gives a tax cut for 95% of the American people.
29. I say to my colleagues never confine your best work, your hopes, your dreams, the aspiration of the American people to what will be signed by George W. Bush because that is too limiting a factor.
30. I must have good genes from my parents because I feel no slowdown of energy, enthusiasm or even memory.
31. I think about my parents all the time, especially on Sunday when I’m at Mass. My mother always said, ‘We do not pray to win elections. We pray for people’s health, we pray that God’s will be done, we pray that we do our best. But we do not pray to win elections.’
32. Democrats believe in reigniting the American dream by removing barriers to success and building ladders of opportunity for all, so everyone can succeed.
33. Jobs mean freedom for workers to support their families.
34. With President Obama, we will move America forward.
35. I never dread going back to Congress
36. If you don’t vote, you don’t count.
37. I read that my lifelong dream is to serve as speaker with Hillary Clinton as president. So what?
38. The war on terror is the war in Afghanistan.
39. I was pampered in the fact that I had five older brothers, which I highly recommend to anyone.
40. With Americans worried about losing their jobs, their savings, their homes and their chance at the American Dream, the New Direction Congress will work in a bipartisan way to lift our economy and help America’s middle class.
41. For 25 years, it has been my privilege to represent the city of San Francisco and the great state of California; to work to strengthen our vibrant middle class; to secure opportunity and equality.
42. Jobs are central to the American dream – and President Obama has focused on jobs from day one.
43. Republicans support opening the floodgates to special interest money and suppressing the right to vote. It’s just plain wrong.
44. The name ‘Republican’ in some ways has been hijacked by obstructionists
45. We are not going back to the failed policies of the past. We are fighting for the middle class!
46. If you make – not have – $1 million a year, should you not participate in the sense of community of our country? I’m willing to put that on the table
47. If I cry, it’s about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. But when it comes to politics – no, I don’t cry.
48. The American dream is about freedom.
49. Freedom is secured every day by our men and women in uniform. We must build a future worthy of their sacrifice.
50. I’ve never walked away from any of my positions. I take pride in them.
51. I love having the support of my caucus. We have a good working relationship.
52. My vision for the future always centers around our children – it always centers around our children. So anytime anybody asks me what are the three most important issues facing the Congress, I always say the same thing: ‘Our children, our children, our children.’
53. I would say that one of the things that encouraged me so much when I became elected to the leadership was the letters I received from fathers of daughters, saying that, ‘My daughter can now do many more things because of what you did.’
54. Democrats embrace The Affordable Care Act. We’re very proud of it.
55. I do believe that during the Bush-Cheney administration, that Vice President Cheney set a tone and an attitude for the CIA.
56. As you may know, I was raised in an Italian Catholic family in Baltimore, Maryland.
57. The beauty of the Democratic Party is in the mix.
58. I think that much of the truth has been withheld from the American people.
59. My father died the year I was elected to Congress: 1987.
60. I really want women to know their power, to value their experience. To understand that nothing has been more wholesome in the political process than the increased involvement of women.