Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announces the House voted to pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in the U.S. Capitol which will help curb gun violence, on June 24, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)

The New York Times headline on June 3, 1987 read, "DEMOCRAT ELECTED IN SAN FRANCISCO." The Democrat who would represent San Francisco in Washington was a fund-raiser and party worker.

Nancy Pelosi became the leader of her party in the House, the first and only woman to do so, because of her organizational and fundraising skills. She was the face of the Democratic resistance when she shredded a paper copy of Donald Trump's State of the Union Address. She oversaw two impeachment inquiries while fighting against his agenda.

She could fight off members of her own party when a challenge to her leadership came about. Pelosi became the most powerful woman in Washington when she was elected Speaker of the House in 2020.

One of the top questions in Washington is whether she will give up that power. The GOP won back control of the House, even though they weren't expected to. Kevin McCarthy of California has been chosen by his party to be the new speaker of the house.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, seen with then-President Donald Trump in the foreground and flanked by then-Vice President Mike Pence, rips up a copy of Trump’s speech.
Nancy Pelosi rips up the speech of then-President Donald Trump after his State of the Union address in 2020. (Jonathan Ernst /Reuters)

Republicans were more excited about Pelosi being removed from the speakership than they were about McCarthy getting the job. On Wednesday night, Tom Emmer said that the House Republicans had delivered on their promise to fire Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi is still a member of Congress even though she has to give up her gavel. Will she want to lead a minority party through two years of investigation or will she decide that it's time for a change?

President Biden wants her to delay retirement. He told her in a phone call that he hoped she would stay.

Some had predicted that the losses in the House would be as bad as they were. The head of the Democrats' electoral campaign committee was one of the people who were ousted. Since his defeat, Maloney has engaged in a bitter feud with House progressives.

As with Biden, Pelosi said that other House members want her to stay as leader.

Pelosi is flanked by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, left, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Pelosi and her fellow elderly House leaders have to decide if it is time to allow a younger class of Democrats to take over.

It's time for a new generation of leadership in Congress according to Rep. DeanPhillips.

She is about to make Hakeem Jeffries her successor, according to many people. Jeffries would be the first black congressman.

Jeffries would be a good leader for our caucus, saidPhillips, who is a congressional Democrat.

As Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi, recovers from an attack at the couple's San Francisco home late last month that left him seriously injured, the question of Pelosi's future arises. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, had been looking for the accused attacker, David DePape, who had used the same cry as the violent rioters who invaded the Capitol in January.

The attack was a reminder that Republicans have been targeting Pelosi for a long time, and that some conservative outlets amplify violent rhetoric.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries at a news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images)

As she ponders her own future, Pelosi acknowledges that the attack on her husband is a factor. She said that her decision would be affected by what happened last week or two. She doesn't know how last Tuesday's results have changed her.

A Democratic staffer on Capitol Hill said that everyone is frozen by the situation. Democrats were reminded that they have their own internal party politics to address after McCarthy was elected.

She promised it would be the last time she did so when she was re-elected as speaker in 2020.

If Democrats don't do well in the polls, Pelosi would announce her retirement from Congress as opposed to giving up her bid for another speakership, according to some congressional watchers. She would be following in the footsteps of Newt Gingrich who engineered the impeachment of Bill Clinton. The results of the 1998 elections were seen as a rebuke of the GOP he had tried to change.

Pelosi may see no reason to leave since there was no rebuke in the upcoming elections.

She told ABC News that she wouldn't step away from Congress.