House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially announced that she was running for reelection in the 2022 midterm elections, according to MarketWatch.
Pelosi made her announcement on Tuesday, ending rumors that had spread for months indicating that the 81-year-old Democrat would be retiring.
A video posted to Twitter indicated that Pelosi wasn’t going anywhere and she called the midterm elections a “crucial” time to democracy, indicating that she plans to stay in the fight.
“While we’ve made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. Our democracy is at risk because the assault on the truth, assault on the U.S. Capitol, and the state-by-state assault on voting rights. This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy,” she said.
The politician with more than three decades under her belt also thanked her constituents in San Francisco, saying she plans to continue to fight to make the same country for their children what the parents have experienced.
“When you’re in the arena, you have to be able to take a punch or throw a punch — for the children,” she said.
Pelosi was elected to the House of Representatives in 1987 and has been a key part of California politics for decades. She served as speaker two different times, from 2007-2011, and again starting in 2019 to the present.
Democrats in the House are facing a tough reelection campaign with dozens of Democrats announcing that they planned to leave their posts, either for other areas of public office or in the interest of retirement.