Nancy Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House (of Representatives). She has served as a member of the House of Representatives since 1987. She has held the position of Speaker of the House twice. Her first service in the position was from 2007 to 2011; she was nominated to the position for a second time in 2019.
Pelosi is a staunch leader in her position, although there are those who do not agree with her political stances. She is a respected member of the Democratic party. She is known to wield heavy influence within the House; she is known for not bringing a bill up for a vote unless she feels she has enough support to pass a measure.
|Celebrated Name:||Nancy Pelosi|
|Real Name/Full Name:||Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi|
|Birthdate:||March 26, 1940|
|Height:||5 ft. 5 in.|
|Children/Kids:||Four Daughters, One Son – Alexandra, Christine Paul Pelosi, Jr., Jacqueline, Nancy Corinne|
|Is Nancy Pelosi Gay?||No|
|Highest Political Office:||Speaker of the House of Representatives|
|Colleges Attended:||Trinity College (Washington, D.C.)|
|Degrees:||Bachelor of Arts, Political Science|
|Salary:||$223,500 as Speaker of the House|
|Net Worth in 2021:||$120 million|
Biography: Early Life and Family
Nancy Pelosi has spent much of her life in politics in some form or fashion. Pelosi was born March 26, 1940 to Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr. and Annunciata M. Lombardi D’Alesandro. Pelosi’s mother was an immigrant whose family came to the United States from South Italy in 1912. Her father could trace his ancestry back to Genoa, Italy.
Nancy was the only girl in a family of seven children. Her parents were devout Catholics.
Nancy’s political aspirations can likely be traced back to her childhood. Her father was a Democratic congressman when she was born. When Nancy was seven, her father would become the Mayor of Baltimore. Nancy’s mother was active in politics as well. She worked to organize Democratic women. Pelosi claims her mother taught her the value of social networking.
Nancy was not the only Pelosi offspring to become involved in politics. Her brother Thomas D’Alesandro III would also serve as the Mayor of Baltimore between 1967 and 1971.
Pelosi was known for not only attending her father’s campaign events but also working to promote his name as he ran for a variety of offices.
When Nancy was only 21, she attended John F. Kennedy’s inauguration on January 20, 1961.
Nancy attended an all girls’ Catholic high school in Baltimore, the Institute of Notre Dame. She received her high school diploma in 1958. She would later attend Trinity College in Washington, D.C. There, she would major in Political Science. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity in 1962.
When Nancy Pelosi completed her degree, she began an internship under Senator Daniel Brewster (D-MD). She would intern along with a future political ally, Steny Hoyer. (Hoyer would be a future House of Representatives Majority Leader.)
Pelosi grew up in a chiefly Democratic neighborhood in Baltimore. Most in the area were also Roman Catholic, as were the D’Alesandro family. The area in which Nancy lived was nicknamed “Little Italy” because of those who were either Italian immigrants or could trace their lineage back to the country. Nancy’s family was very active in the local church, St. Leo’s.
Many of the D’Alesandro family’s neighbors were not only active in the local Catholic church, but also in the local Democratic Party office. It was here under the tutelage of her mother that Nancy would learn the importance of social networking. It is said that most of Little Italy’s socialization took place at the local Democratic office.
Nancy Pelosi’s father would serve as Baltimore’s mayor for three terms. He was well-liked among the community and a well-known individual throughout Baltimore. Nancy was often called “The Mayor’s Daughter” because of her father’s occupation and political service. Nancy would “become a legend” in Baltimore due to her father’s influence and her own personal work in the area.
Pelosi attended her very first Democratic National Convention when she was a mere twelve years old. Politics was always her chief interest, even though biographers have noted that Nancy’s mother may have wanted her to enter in one of the Church’s sacred orders. Nancy once said, “I didn’t think I wanted to be a nun, but I thought I might want to be a priest because there seemed to be a little more power there.”
Pelosi would marry Paul Pelosi on September 7, 1963. She had attended college and wanted to pursue a career, but she spent several years at home raising her children. This is something Pelosi jokes about a great deal today; her children were born close together. All were born by 1969, so Nancy’s life at that time was chiefly as a mother and homemaker.
Pelosi did consider law school after she completed her internship under the Maryland senator, but she had met Paul Pelosi around this time and decided to pursue marriage and motherhood.
Paul is a graduate of Georgetown University and originally from San Francisco. The Pelosis would later move to Paul’s hometown; Pelosi has called San Francisco home for decades. This is the district which she represents.
Pelosi was a very hands-on mother, but Nancy’s daughter Alexandra says that her mother had no choice. “We were like the kids from The Simpsons- she couldn’t get anyone to babysit.”
ALthough Pelosi’s chief endeavor was raising her children, she continued to maintain a presence in politics. Pelosi regularly volunteered for the Democratic party during election campaigns. She worked for one of California’s most popular governors, Jerry Brown, in 1976. Pelosi used her networking skills to promote Brown in her native Baltimore, and Brown won a primary victory in Maryland when he ran unsuccessfully for governorn in 1976.
She would use these skills as she personally sought office years later.
Age, Height and Weight
Nancy Pelosi is 81 years of age. She is 5 feet 5 inches in height, and she weighs 121 lbs.
Pelosi’s net worth is said to be $120 million in 2021.
Pelosi is ranked in the 8th position as one of the twenty-five wealthiest members of Congress as of 2014.
Pelosi and her husband operate a real estate business in San Francisco. This business venture is said to hold a market value of approximately $20 million.
Pelosi’s wealth is a combination of her husband’s stock market trading, an inheritance, her work as an author, and property investments. She also earns a yearly salary of $223,500 as Speaker of the House.
Pelosi has authored three books which have sold successfully. It is reported that she and her husband have stocks in Apple, Facebook, Comcast, and Disney. Nancy and Paul Pelosi own real estate throughout California.
Career Outside of Politics
Other than her time as a mother and homemaker, Nancy Pelosi has never truly worked outside politics.
Career in Politics
Once Pelosi worked for Jerry Brown’s unsuccessful presidential campaign, she had made a mark in the California Democratic Party’s playbook.
Pelosi earned a reputation as a behind the scenes dynamo, and in 1977, she became the Chair of the northern section of the California Democratic Party. By 1981, she would chair the entire state’s Democratic Party.
It’s ironic that during the early 80s, Pelosi never really thought about running for office herself. However, when a longtime friend and political ally was diagnosed with cancer. This friend encouraged Nancy to run in her place. The seat was for the United States House of Representatives, and Nancy would eventually win the position.
Pelosi also served her state as the Democratic National Convention Host Committee chair in 1984, and she was the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee finance chair between 1985 – 1986.
Nancy Pelosi’s Legacy
Although Pelosi is one of the most controversial members of Congress at times, she is known for her never-back-down attitude. She told the people of America, when the House was working to pass the Affordable Care Act, “You have to pass it to know what’s in it.”
Pelosi is the first woman to hold the position of Speaker of the House; she has held this position twice. She has also served as House minority leader on two separate occasions.
She has served on the House Appropriations Committee as well as on the House Intelligence Committee. She is a member of the House Baltic Caucus, and prior to her election as the House Minority Leader, she was a ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
In 1988, Pelosi voted for the Civil Rights Restoration Act. She was the House Minority Whip in 2001, serving just under Democratic heavyweight Dick Gephardt. When Gephardt resigned in 2002, Pelosi was elected to replace Gephardt. This made her the first woman ever to be elected to such a position in Congress.