House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's decision to stick around in leadership at the beginning of the 112th Congress angered a number of her partys moderates, who would have preferred her longtime rival, Rep. Steny Hoyer.
But her decision to stick around angered a number of the party’s moderates, who would have preferred her longtime rival, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), 72, as the Caucus’s new leader. Hoyer declined to challenge Pelosi and was selected as Whip instead. The moderates still mounted a futile effort to topple her. About 43 Democrats voted for Blue Dog Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) instead of Pelosi for Leader, and 19 refused to vote for her for Speaker in the vote enshrining Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) in that role in January.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.