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Profile of Nancy Pelosi
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Pelosi won her first House election on a campaign based on _____________and concern for preventing AIDS.
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Hi there! I’m Jim Flink for About.com, and we’re profiling American politician and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.Originally a stay-at-home mom of five, Pelosi climbed her way up the political latter and in 2007, became the first woman to be elected Speaker of the of House. She currently holds the position of House Minority Leader. But these were only her most recent accomplishments.A native of Baltimore, Pelosi grew up around politics. Her father, Thomas D'Alesandro, served five Congressional terms and was a three-term mayor of Baltimore. She began her political involvement by stuffing envelopes for California Governor Jerry Brown's 1976 Presidential campaign. Pelosi was first elected as a democratic House Representative in 1987. And in 2002, she became the first female House Democratic Leader and proved herself to be an accomplished fundraising, raising almost $100 million for Democratic candidates since being elected House Democratic Leader.Pelosi won her first House election on a campaign based on environmentalism and concern for preventing AIDS. Since then Pelosi has held strong liberal stances in areas such as pro-choice views, minimum wage, Social Security, gay rights, public health policies, college aid, and human rights She remained an outspoken opponent of the US’s occupation of Iraq throughout the Iraq War and fiercely defended Affordable Care Act. She noted, “it’s pretty exciting” when the US Supreme Court chose to uphold the act in June 2012.As Speaker of the House in 2009, Pelosi was caught in some controversy when the CIA accused her of knowing about alleged waterboarding of suspected terrorists, when she had denounced such interrogation tactics. She denied the allegations. Pelosi considers herself an American-Italian who was raised on Catholic values. She is one of the wealthiest members of Congress.
And that’s your look at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Thanks for watching.
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