The Honorable Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives in the 113th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman speaker of the house. Pelosi has led House Democrats for a decade and has represented the 12th District of San Francisco, Calif., for 26 years. In October 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement.
Under Pelosi’s leadership, the 111th Congress was heralded as “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. Pelosi brings to her leadership position a distinguished record of legislative accomplishment. She spearheaded the passage of historic health insurance reform legislation in the House that establishes a Patients’ Bill of Rights and will provide insurance for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term. In July, Pelosi led House Democrats in launching When Women Succeed, America Succeeds — an economic agenda for women and families — to ensure that generations of women enjoy the equal opportunities that they deserve, and that American families prosper in today’s economy. Other accomplishments include the passage of historic investments in college aid, clean energy and innovation, and initiatives to help small businesses and veterans. She has been a powerful voice for civil rights and human rights around the world for decades.
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The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives
The Honorable James A. Baker, III
Honorary Chair, Rice University's Baker Institute
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Founding Director, Rice University's Baker Institute