The United States House of Representatives has narrowly re-elected Nancy Pelosi as speaker, after the California Democrat received 216 votes.
The result was announced and greeted with fanfare at 4:49 p.m. by the House Clerk, Cheryl Johnson, who declared Pelosi “duly elected” speaker at 4:50 p.m. Pelosi stood at the Democratic leadership desk as her colleagues applauded her achievement.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, won unanimous support from the Republican Conference – garnering 209 votes on the floor.
This will be Pelosi’s 4th (non-consecutive) term as speaker. She’s also the third speaker in the last 25 years to win with less than 218 votes, next to Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan.
Pelosi, 80, who has led House Democrats since 2003 and is the only woman to ever serve as speaker, hasn’t faced down a rebellion in her ranks like she did two years ago, when 15 Democrats voted against her on the House floor after unsuccessfully trying to recruit a challenger.