Pelosi, Schumer Among Top Democrats Winning New Terms

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) won reelection in the midterm elections.

They were among the Democrat leaders in both chambers who won new terms.

Pelosi, 82, won with 81.4 percent of the vote in the race to represent California’s 11th Congressional District, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office. She beat John Dennis, a Republican who called Pelosi “the ultimate swamp monster.”

Pelosi has been in Congress since 1987.

Schumer, 71, has been in Congress even longer, starting in the lower chamber in 1981 before advancing to the Senate in 1999.

Schumer won with 55 percent of the vote over Joe Pinion, 39, a journalist who had also argued it was time for fresh blood in Washington.

“To the people of New York: I am so proud and so humbled to be able to continue to fight to deliver real results for New York in the U.S. Senate. I’m honored to serve as your Senator, and I’ll never stop fighting for you!” Schumer said in a statement.

Nearly every other Democrat leader who was running for new terms won reelection.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), 83, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), 82, House Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), 59, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), 52, the Democratic Caucus chairman, enjoyed strong victories.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), 72, survived a scare, while Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), 58, may have suffered defeat—Masto’s race, against former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, is too close to call.

Murray is the assistant Democratic leader in the Senate while Masto is the vice chair of outreach.

Other Senate Democrat leaders won reelection in 2018 or 2020, including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), 77.


Republican leaders who ran for new terms also won.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), 57, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), 57, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), 38, and House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), 68, easily won reelection.

By Zachary Stieber

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