"So in order to reignite the American dream, that's what we're about. To build ladders of opportunity for those who want to work hard, play by the rules, take responsibility, to have those ladders have sides about small business and entrepreneurship and a strong and thriving middle class, we have work to do, and I have made a decision to submit my name to my colleagues to once again serve as the House Democratic leader."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nancy Pelosi is trying to keep her job as the democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.
She had a news conference Wednesday with other female house democrats.
Representative Pelosi says many of her colleagues don't want her to step aside.
She says she's proud of the role women played in the election.
"Why is it important for us to make this statement of the strength of women in the congress of the United States of the House Democratic women? Because this is where the hopes and dreams of America's families are riding."
Pelosi was the first woman in history to serve as House speaker, but handed the gavel back to republicans in 2010.