Pelosi to step down from House leadership, stay in Congress

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks on the House floor at the Capitol in Washington Thursday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she will not seek a leadership position in the new Congress, ending a historic run as the first woman with the gavel and making way for a new generation to steer the party after Democrats lost control of the House to Republicans in the midterm elections.