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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics$
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Ronald M. PETERS, Jr. and Cindy Simon Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383737

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383737.001.0001

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(p.29) Chapter 2 Getting There
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics

Ronald M. Peters

Cindy Simon Rosenthal

Oxford University Press

This chapter details Nancy Pelosi’s rise to the speakership. How she got there is the remarkable personal story of a housewife and mother who, as she has put it, made it from the kitchen to the House. But the story is also a narrative about the changing face of American politics and the changing character of the House of Representatives. Considering Pelosi’s rise in California politics, the way she built her career in the House of Representatives, and her rise to the speakership enables us not only to understand her career in the context of the political forces that shaped it but also to understand better those forces through the prism of her career.

Keywords:   Nancy Pelosi, House of Representatives, political career, women politicians, political forces, California

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