(NBC NEWS) Rep Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was re-elected as leader of House Democrats Wednesday with the support of a majority of her colleagues after a high profile, serious challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who promised a more inclusive Democratic Party.
This was the most serious challenger to Pelosi’s leadership, a post she’s held since 2003. Sixty-three members of her 198 member caucus voted in a secret ballot against her, showing deep discontent among her colleagues.
After a disappointing election where House Democrats picked up only six seats, unease over the current leadership escalated. Critics wanted new, younger leaders and more say in a caucus that has been tightly controlled by Pelosi and her lieutenants, Reps. Steny Hoyer of Maryland and James Clyburn of South Carolina.