House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader

Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. updates reporters on Democratic reaction to the bipartisan $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Upset with GOP efforts in lifting a ban on U.S. oil exports, Pelosi suggested there might not be enough Democratic votes to push it through the chamber. Congressional leaders hope to ship both bills, a 2,200-page legislative bundle, to President Barack Obama on Friday for his promised signature and adjourn for the year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader.

The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan on Wednesday.

Her win came despite disenchantment among some in the Democratic caucus over the party’s disappointing performance in the elections earlier this month. Democrats will remain in the minority in the House and Senate next year and won’t have the presidency as a bulwark against Republicans.

Democrats were also choosing other leaders during the closed-door session that was expected to take several hours.

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