House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi – September 27th
On Thursday, September 27th, The Common Good was pleased to host House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who spoke at a Reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m., that was followed by a private dinner for members.
About House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi made history when she became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, a position second-in-line to the American Presidency. Pelosi is the highest ranking woman politician in U.S. history. In the current Congress, Pelosi serves as House Democratic Leader, and this year she marks her 25th year representing San Francisco in the Congress.
We are privileged to have Leader Pelosi for a fascinating evening of discussion on a range of topics from current developments in the Middle East to tackling the fiscal cliff, economic recovery, deficit reduction and how to cure the political dysfunction in Washington. This will be an opportunity to get to know Leader Pelosi in an informal and intimate setting.
RECEPTION: The reception will be at a private residence at Fifth Avenue and 87th Street. Details will be given upon accepted RSVP. There is no charge for members. Non Member Guests will be charged $50.
DINNER: A small, private dinner will follow for Executive Members and Guests from 8:15-9:30pm at the Carlyle Hotel. Dinner is $225 per person for members and their Guests.
MORE ABOUT OUR SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI
Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman Speaker of the House and is also the first woman in American history to lead a major political party in Congress, having served as House Democratic leader from 2003 to 2007. Leader Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s Eighth District, for 25 years.
Under the leadership of Pelosi, the 111th Congress was heralded as “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. President Barack Obama stated, Speaker Pelosi “is an extraordinary leader for the American people” and the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “…make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics and the most powerful House Speaker since Sam Rayburn a half century ago.”
Pelosi brings to her leadership position a distinguished record of legislative accomplishment. Pelosi spearheaded passage of historic health insurance reform legislation in the House which grants a Patients’ Bill of Rights and will provide insurance for 30 million more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term. Other accomplishments include the passage of historic investments in college aid, clean energy and innovation; and initiatives to help small businesses and veterans. She has been a powerful voice for civil rights and human rights around the world for decades.
Pelosi comes from a strong family tradition of public service. Her late father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, after representing the city for five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, also served as Mayor of Baltimore. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Paul Pelosi, a native of San Francisco, have five grown children and nine grandchildren.