Father: Thomas D’Alesandro,
Baltimore mayor and US congressman
Mother: Annunciata (Lombardi) D’Alesandro
Marriage: Paul F. Pelosi (1963-present)
Children: Nancy, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul and Alexandra
Education: Trinity College, Washington, DC (Now Trinity Washington University), A.B. in Political Science, 1962
Religion: Roman Catholic
First woman to lead a major congressional party.
1977-1981 – Chair, Northern California Democratic Party.
1981-1983 – Chair, California State Democratic Party.
1984 – San Francisco Democratic National Convention Host Committee chairwoman.
1985-1986 – Finance chairwoman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
June 2, 1987 – Wins a special election in California’s 5th Congressional District, filling the seat of Representative Sala Burton.
1987-1993 – Represents California’s 5th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives.
January 12, 1991 –
Votes against authorizing the use of force in Iraq
(House Resolution 77).
1993-2013 – Represents California’s 8th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives.
2001 – Becomes the first woman to be elected House minority whip.
October 2002 – Votes against authorizing the use of military force in Iraq.
November 14, 2002 – Is elected House minority leader by fellow Democrats
and becomes the highest-ranking woman in congressional history.
January 4, 2007-January 3, 2011 – Speaker of the House.
April 1-6, 2007 –
Pelosi leads a bipartisan delegation from the House on a trip through the Middle East. The group travels to Israel, Lebanon, Syria
and Saudi Arabia,
meeting with heads of state.
November 4, 2008 – Is reelected with more than 70% of the vote.
February 18, 2009 –
Meets with Pope Benedict XVI.
2013-present – Represents California’s 12th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives.
January 3, 2013 –
Pelosi challenges John Boehner
for speaker of the House but loses 220-192. Instead, she is reelected as House minority leader.
November 4, 2014 – Is reelected with more than 82% of the vote.
November 30, 2016 –
House Democratic leader.
January 3, 2017 –
as House minority leader.
March 7, 2018 – Donates her speaker’s gavel
, among other items, to the Smithsonian in honor of Women’s History Month.
January 3, 2019 – Is officially elected the new House speaker
in a majority vote by the House of Representatives on the first day of the 116th Congress.
January 23, 2019 – President Donald Trump
declares his annual State of the Union address “canceled” after Pelosi sends word, she will bar him from delivering the speech in the House chamber
while parts of the government remain shut down.
September 24, 2019 –
Pelosi announces the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry
February 4, 2020 – After Trump appears to ignore Pelosi’s attempt at a handshake prior to his State of the Union address,
she can be seen on camera stoically ripping up her copy of the speech once he has concluded.
January 25, 2022 –
Announces that she plans to run for reelection