Nancy Pelosi: Breaking The Marble Ceiling

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P.S. 517 Nancy Pelosi “Being the first woman speaker and breaking the marble ceiling is pretty important. Now it's time to move on.” This is a quote from Nancy Pelosi, just from this quote it is clear that she is unique in the sense that is was the first female speaker of the House. But more importantly that she does not sit idle on this achievement alone, but carries forward to perform her job to the best of her abilities. In this paper there will be a wide variety of information from her basic background information, party allegiance, and her life in the senate. Nancy Pelosi was born on March 26, 1940 making her 72 years of age. She was born in Maryland to the late Representative Thomas D’Alessandro, Junior. Her interest in holding…show more content…
Pelosi has had a vibrant career in the House of Representatives. She is currently on her twelfth two-year term. While that is said some may question if that career was stagnant, they would be certainly wrong. She gained entrance to the House in a special election in 1987. The reason for this was because the incumbent Sala Burton died. So as a recommendation of Sala Burton and her husband Rep. Phil Burton ran and completed Sala Burton’s term. This was the beginning of her long history in the House of Representatives. The next step of her career was gaining the position of House Minority Whip from 2002 to 2003. After her year as the House Whip she accomplished another great honor of being the House Minority Leader from 2003 to 2007. While this is all impressive she finally arrived at the pinnacle of her career when she became the Speaker of the House for the 110th and 111th Congresses. After the Republican gained control of the House, she move back to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. During her time in the House she served on numerous committees. These were Banking & Financial Services Committee, committee on Standards of the Office Conduct (Ethics), Congressional Working Group on China, Executive Committee of the Democratic Study Group, AIDS Task Force of the Democratic caucus(co-chair), the Appropriations Committee and the Intelligence. The AIDS Task Force is a perfect example of her activism towards her goal. AIDS was part of her campaign platform, so it definably aids in keeping her constituents happy. Also prior to her nomination to the nomination and election to the Minority Party Leader she served as the ranking Democrat in the Intelligence Committees. But currently as the House Leader she is just involved in Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Despite what she can do by herself she still needs some help keeping her life together. During her 13th term she has two staff members. The first on is Catlin O’Neil

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