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After the Democrats took control of the House in 2007, Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House.
After the Democrats lost House control in the 2010 elections, Pelosi became the Democratic Leader (Minority Leader) in the Republican-controlled House.
Democrats have held the seat since 1949 and Republicans, who currently make up only 13 percent of registered voters in the district, have not made a serious bid for the seat since the early 1960s.
She won the seat in her own right in 1988 and has been reelected 10 more times with no substantive opposition, winning by an average of 80 percent of the vote.
With her election, Pelosi became the first woman, the first Californian, and the first Italian-American to hold the Speakership.
She is also the second Speaker from a state west of the Rocky Mountains.
Phillip Burton died in 1983 and was succeeded by his wife, Sala.
For the 20 election cycles, she held the distinction of contributing the most among members of Congress to other congressional campaigns, in part because she is in a safe district and does not need the campaign funds.She picked Pelosi as her designated successor, guaranteeing her the support of the Burtons' contacts.Sala died on February 1, 1987, just a month after being sworn in for a second full term.Pelosi supported her longtime friend John Murtha of Pennsylvania for the position of House Majority Leader, the second-ranking post in the House Democratic caucus.
His competitor was House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who had been Pelosi's second-in-command since 2003.It is a moment for which we have waited more than 200 years.Never losing faith, we waited through the many years of struggle to achieve our rights.Pelosi and Hoyer had a somewhat frosty relationship dating back to 2001, when they ran against each other for minority whip.