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Speaker Pelosi honors Rep. Langevin at an event honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Washington
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) receives a gavel from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) watches, at an event honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act, in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington on July 26, 2010. Following the event Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) will become the first wheelchair bound member of Congress to chair over the House of Representatives. The SpeakerÕs rostrum on the House Floor has just been made wheelchair-accessible through a series of lifts. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi ( /pəˈloʊsi/; born March 26, 1940) is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and served as the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She was the first woman to hold the office and to-date has been the highest-ranking female politician in American history.

A member of the Democratic Party, Pelosi has represented the 8th Congressional District of California, which consists of four-fifths of the City and County of San Francisco, since 1987. The district was numbered as the 5th during Pelosi's first three terms in the House. She served as the House Minority Whip from 2002 to 2003, and was House Minority Leader from 2003 to 2007, holding the post during the 108th and 109th Congresses. Pelosi is the first woman, the first Californian and first Italian-American to lead a major party in Congress. After the Democrats took control of the House in 2007 and increased their majority in 2009, Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House for the 110th and 111th sessions of Congress.

On November 17, 2010, Pelosi was elected as the Democratic Leader by House Democrats and therefore the Minority Leader in the Republican-controlled House for the 112th Congress.

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