Rhode Island congressional delegation reacts to Pelosi’s retirement

FILE - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pauses during a welcome ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, June 25, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite - staff, AP)

WASHIGTON (WLNE) — The Rhode Island congressional delegation reacted Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s retirement announcement.

“Today is a bittersweet day for our country as we mark the end of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s tenure as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus,” Rep. David Cicilline, who was an impeachment manager, said in a statement.

Cicilline called the House speaker a mentor and a close friend. “I remain in constant awe of her brilliance, toughness, and dedication to service,” he said.

The congressman added that Pelosi “led our party to the majority twice and saw our country through some of the toughest times in our nation’s history, including the COVID pandemic and the attack on our democracy on January 6, 2021.”

Sen. Jack Reed said he admired her historic trailblazing career, saying, “She is a great American patriot who will go down in history as one of the most effective and consequential lawmakers of this or any other era.”

Pelosi was the first woman ever elected to serve as Speaker of the House.

“While there will be many more women who lead the U.S. House of Representatives in the future, Nancy Pelosi will always be the first Madame Speaker,” Reed added.

Rep. Jim Langevin tweeted that the Democrat made historic strides during her career, writing, “You’ve made America better.”


Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse also shared memories of Pelosi’s time in office, saying he’ll “remember the wise and masterful @SpeakerPelosi as one of the most effective legislators Congress has ever seen [sic].”

Despite no longer serve in House leadership, Pelosi will continue to serve the people of California’s 12th District.

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