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Nancy Pelosi, Lady of Power



Nancy Pelosi, Lady of Power

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     challenging words:    redeem, congressman, historic, political, government, member, vice, speech, powerful, re-elected, position, career, senator, equal, intern, born
     content words:    Nancy Pelosi, Trinity College, Frank Pelosi, New York, San Francisco, Democratic Party, House Minority Whip


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Nancy Pelosi, Lady of Power
By Jody Williams
  

1     On March 26, 1940, a baby girl was born. She was the youngest of six children. Her father was a U.S. congressman. He later became the mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. Her brother later held the same position. It is no surprise that she holds a powerful government seat. She is the Speaker of the House. She is Nancy Pelosi.
 
2     In 1962, Nancy Pelosi graduated from Trinity College. She then began her political career. She was an intern for a Democratic senator from Maryland. Not long after that, she married Frank Pelosi. They moved to New York. Then they moved to San Francisco, California. Nancy Pelosi worked her way up through the Democratic Party. She became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2001, she was elected as the House Minority Whip. Her job was to make sure that all members were there when laws were voted upon. She also kept a record of every law. She is the first U.S. woman to have had this position.
 
3     In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House. She is the first woman to hold this position. She is next in line after the vice president if something were to happen to the president. In her speech she called it a historic moment. She said,

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