Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi was born on March 26, 1940 in Baltimore Maryland. Nancy’s family has always been involved in politics. Her father, Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. was a congressman from Maryland from 1939 to 1947. He was Mayor of Baltimore from 1947-1959. Her brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, was also Mayor of Baltimore from 1967-1971.

Nancy became Speaker of the House of Representatives on January 4, 2007. She is the first women ever to hold the job. Besides being the first women, she is the first from California and the first of Italian heritage to hold that important position. Speaker of the House is the second person in line to succeed the president after the Vice President. That makes her the highest ranking woman in the United States Government in our country’s history! She was the House Minority Leader from 2002-2007. Nancy Pelosi has represented the 8th Congressional District of California in the House of Representatives in 1987.

Nancy graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1962. Nancy married Paul Pelosi and they moved to Paul’s hometown San Francisco, California. Nancy and Paul have five children: Nancy Corinne, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul and Alexandra, and six grandchildren.

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by Jacqueline & Linda, fourth grade, 2007

Last modified 05/10/2007