After Clinton’s loss in the presidency, calls for new leadership in the Democratic House were excercised as Tim Ryan ran against Nancy Pelosi. Outrage had ensued as Donald Trump had been elected president. Pelosi was elected with 134 votes, toppling challenger Tim Ryan’s votes of 63.
A re-election was triggered as many claimed that “new leadership” was required to win elections and persuade voters. Democrats gained six House seats in the election, which was less than expected. Senate majority was lost as there was a huge turnout for Republican President-elect Donald Trump.
Pelosi was previously House speaker for the party, boasting 12 years leading the House Democrats. Ryan had praised Pelosi on the win in a statement Wednesday but reiterates that “changes are necessary” in the Democratic Party.
“It is clear as we learn more about the outcome of our elections that we’re ignoring crucial voices that deserve to be heard. The people I represent in Northeast Ohio and tens of millions of workers across our country are proud to be called blue collar,” Ryan stated. “Democrats must adopt a progressive economic message that focuses on large, direct infrastructure investments, affordable healthcare, portable pensions, and public-private investments that promote advanced manufacturing."