Democrats reclaim power as Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker
Pelosi won with 220 votes as Democrats plan to test power by passing legislation to end the government shutdown
Democrats reclaimed power in the House on Thursday and officially elected Nancy Pelosi to be the next speaker, returning her to a position for which she made history as the first woman elected to the office, which puts her second in line to the presidency.
Pelosi overcame an internal Democratic rebellion among other hurdles to reclaim the gavel but on Thursday the opposition to her was nominal. She earned 220 votes, while Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, won 192, and suffered 15 Democratic defections after a number of newly elected members ran for the House pledging to oppose Pelosi.