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Nancy Pelosi is known as an American politician. She is most famous for being the current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Nancy Pelosi was born on March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, MD. She is the youngest of six Italian-American children of Annunciata M. "Nancy" D'Alesandro and Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. Her father was a Democratic Congressman from Maryland and a Mayor of Baltimore. Pelosi's brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III was mayor of Baltimore from 1967 to 1971.
Pelosi was involved with politics from an early age. In her outgoing remarks as the 52nd Speaker of the House, Pelosi said that she had attended John F. Kennedy's inaugural address when he became President in January 1961. Pelosi graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame, a Catholic all-girls high school in Baltimore, and from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1962, with a degree in political science.
Nancy met businessman, Paul Frank Pelosi while she was attending Trinity College. They got married in Baltimore at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on September 7, 1963. After the couple married, they moved to New York, and then to San Francisco in 1969. Her husband, since 1963, is Paul Pelosi.
They have five children together, Nancy Corinne, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul, and Alexandra. One of their daughters, Alexandra became a journalist and covered the Republican presidential campaigns in 2000 and made a film about the experience, Journeys with George. In 2007, their other daughter, Christine published a book, Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders.
According to Roll Call's Wealth of Congress Index, Pelosi and her husband, Paul, hold properties "worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco. Roll Call said Pelosi's earnings are connected to her husband's heavy investments in stocks including "Apple, Comcast, Facebook, Shutterfly, and Walt Disney. Roll Call reported that they have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties.
After moving to San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi worked her way up in Democratic politics. She became a friend of one of the leaders of the California Democratic Party, 5th District Congressman Phillip Burton. In 1976, Pelosi was elected as a Democratic National Committee member from California, a position she would hold until 1996. She was elected as party chair for Northern California on January 30, 1977, and for the California Democratic Party, which she held from 1981 until 1983. That same year, she ran to replace Chuck Manatt as chair of the Democratic National Committee but lost to then-DNC Treasurer Paul G. Kirk. Pelosi left her post as DSCC finance chair in 1986.
Pelosi was a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, but left in 2003 after being elected Minority Leader. Her longtime friend Jim McDermott, of Washington, D.C., told Newsweek that he and other left-leaning Democratic congressmen sometimes wish that "she would tilt a little more our way from time to time". As Speaker, Pelosi has tried to focus more on economic than social issues.
Although Pelosi voted against the Iraq war, anti-war activists in San Francisco protested against her voting to continue funding the war. UC Berkeley political scientist Bruce Cain said that Pelosi had to balance the demands of her anti-war constituency against the moderate views of Democrats in tight races around the country in her role as minority leader. Pelosi has never faced a serious challenger to her left in her district.
In September 2008, Pelosi visited Hiroshima, Japan for a G8 summit meeting of lower house speakers and offered flowers in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing.
Pelosi voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and earlier attempts at similar bans and voted against the criminalization of certain situations where a minor is transported across state lines for an abortion.
Pelosi stands in favor of increased background checks for potential gun owners, as well as the controversial banning of assault weapons. In February 2013, she called for the "boldest possible move" on gun control, similar to a stance made just weeks earlier by former Representative, mass shooting victim, and fellow gun control advocate Gabrielle Giffords. In 2012, she was given 0% ratings by both the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America for her stances on gun control.
Prior to the U.S. 2006 midterm elections, Pelosi announced a plan for action. If elected, she and the newly empowered Democratic caucus would push through most of its program during the first hundred hours of the 110th Congress' term. The origin for the name "first hundred hours" is a play on words derived from former Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt's promise for quick action on the part of the government to combat the Great Depression during his "first hundred days" in office. Newt Gingrich, who became Speaker of the House in 1995, had a similar 100-day agenda to implement the Contract with America.
In 2006, Nancy was named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of the year. She has been listed numerous times on Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women. In 2014, Pelosi was ranked 26th.
In 2009, CRP reported Pelosi's average net worth was $58,436,537 having ranked 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress. In 2014, CRP reported Pelosi's average net worth in 2014 was $101,273,023 having ranked 8th out of 25 wealthiest members of Congress.
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