Electoral history of Nancy Pelosi

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The electoral history of Nancy Pelosi spans more than three decades, from the mid-1980s through to the present. A member of the Democratic Party in the United States, Nancy Pelosi was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a 1987 special election after the death that February of Congresswoman Sala Burton. In the Democratic primary, Pelosi defeated San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt, considered the more progressive candidate, with 36 percent of the vote to his 32 percent.[1] In the subsequent runoff she defeated Republican Harriet Ross, her closest competitor, by more than a 2-1 margin.[2]

Now in her 17th two-year term, Pelosi has enjoyed overwhelming voter support throughout her congressional career. Since 2013 she has represented California's 12th congressional district, which consists of four-fifths of the city and county of San Francisco. She initially represented the 5th district (1987–1993), and then, when district boundaries were redrawn after the 1990 Census, the 8th district (1993–2013). As the House Democratic Party leader since 2003, she has sought election to the office of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives every two years since that time.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

1987 special election[edit]

California's 5th congressional district special election, 1987[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi 38,927 36.1
Democratic Harry Britt 35,008 32.5
Democratic William Maher 15,355 14.2
Democratic Doris M. Ward 6,498 6.0
Republican Harriet Ross 3,016 2.8
Democratic Carol R. Silver 2,896 2.7
Republican Kevin W. Wadsworth 1,755 1.6
Republican Tom Spinosa 1,712 1.6
Republican Mike Garza 1,262 1.2
Independent Karen Edwards 447 0.4
Libertarian Sam Grove 408 0.4
Peace and Freedom Theodore "Ted" Zuur 187 0.2
Independent Catherine P. Sedwick 164 0.2
Democratic Brian Lantz 141 0.1
Total votes 107,776 100
Runoff election
Democratic Nancy Pelosi 46,428 63.3
Republican Harriet Ross 22,478 30.7
Independent Karen Edwards 1,602 2.2
Peace and Freedom Theodore "Ted" Zuur 1,105 1.5
Libertarian Sam Grove 1,007 1.4
Independent Catherine P. Sedwick 659 0.9
Total votes 73,279 100

1988 election[edit]

California's 5th congressional district election, 1988
* denotes incumbent     Source:[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 133,530 76.4
Republican Bruce Michael O'Neill 33,692 19.3
Peace and Freedom Theodore "Ted" Zuur 3,975 2.3
Libertarian Sam Grove 3,561 2.0
Total votes 174,758 100

1990 election[edit]

California's 5th congressional district election, 1990
* denotes incumbent     Source:[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 120,633 77.2
Republican Alan Nichols 35,671 22.8
Total votes 156,304 100

1992 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 1992
* denotes incumbent     Source:[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 191,906 82.5
Republican Marc Wolin 25,693 11.0
Peace and Freedom Cesar G. Cadabes 7,572 3.3
Libertarian James R. Elwood 7,511 3.2
No party (write-in) 9 0.0
Total votes 232,691 100

1994 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 1994 primary
* denotes incumbent     Source:[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 66,247 92.4
Democratic Robert Ingraham 5,476 7.6
Total votes 71,723 100
California's 8th congressional district election, 1994
* denotes incumbent     Source:[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 137,642 81.8
Republican Elsa C. Cheung 30,528 18.2
No party (write-in) 1 0.0
Total votes 168,171 100

1996 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 1996
* denotes incumbent     Source:[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 175,216 84.3
Republican Justin Raimondo 25,739 12.4
Natural Law David Smithstein 6,783 3.3
Total votes 207,738 100

1998 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 1998
* denotes incumbent     Source:[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 148,027 85.8
Republican David J. Martz 20,781 12.1
Natural Law David Smithstein 3,654 2.1
Total votes 172,462 100

2000 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 2000
* denotes incumbent     Source:[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 181,847 84.5
Republican Adam Sparks 25,298 11.7
Libertarian Erik Bauman 5,645 2.6
Natural Law David Smithstein 2,638 1.2
Total votes 215,428 100

2002 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 2002 primary
* denotes incumbent     Source:[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 65,949 93.1
Democratic Robert Ingraham 4,898 6.9
Total votes 70,847 100
California's 8th congressional district election, 2002
* denotes incumbent     Source:[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 127,684 79.6
Republican G. Michael German 20,063 12.6
Green Jay Pond 10,033 6.2
Libertarian Ira Spivack 2,659 1.6
Independent Deborah Liatos 2 0.0
Total votes 160,441 100

2004 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 2004
* denotes incumbent     Source:[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 224,017 83.0
Republican Jennifer Depalma 31,074 11.5
Peace and Freedom Leilani Dowell 9,527 3.5
Independent Terry Baum 5,446 2.0
Total votes 270,064 100

2006 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 2006
* denotes incumbent     Source:[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 148,435 80.4
Republican Mike DeNunzio 19,800 10.8
Green Krissy Keefer 13,653 7.4
Libertarian Philip Zimt Berg 2,751 1.4
Total votes 184,639 100

2008 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 2008 primary
* denotes incumbent     Source:[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 83,510 89.2
Democratic Shirley Golub 10,105 10.8
Total votes 93,615 100
California's 8th congressional district election, 2008
* denotes incumbent     Source:[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 204,996 71.9
Independent Cindy Sheehan 46,118 16.2
Republican Dana Walsh 27,614 9.7
Libertarian Philip Z. Berg 6,504 2.2
Independent Lea Sherman 11 0.0
Independent Michelle Wong Clay 4 0.0
Total votes 285,247 100

2010 election[edit]

California's 8th congressional district election, 2010
* denotes incumbent     Source:[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 167,957 80.1
Republican John Dennis 31,711 15.2
Peace and Freedom Gloria La Riva 5,161 2.4
Libertarian Philip Zimt Berg 4,843 2.3
Total votes 209,672 100

2012 election[edit]

California's 12th congressional district election, 2012
* denotes incumbent     Source:[20][21]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 89,446 74.9
Republican John Dennis 16,206 13.6
Green Barry Hermanson 6,398 5.4
Democratic David Peterson 3,756 3.1
Democratic Summer Shields 2,146 1.8
Democratic Americo Arturo Diaz 1,499 1.3
Total votes 119,451 100
General election
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 253,709 85.1
Republican John Dennis 44,478 14.9
Total votes 298,181 100

2014 election[edit]

California's 12th congressional district election, 2014
* denotes incumbent     Source:[22][23]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 79,816 73.6
Republican John Dennis 12,922 11.9
Green Barry Hermanson 6,156 5.7
Democratic David Peterson 3,774 3.5
Peace and Freedom Frank Lara 2,107 1.9
Democratic Michael Steger 1,514 1.4
No party preference A.J. "Desmond" Thorsson 1,270 1.2
No party preference James Welles 879 0.8
Total votes 108,438 100.0
General election
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 160,067 83.3
Republican John Dennis 32,197 16.7
Total votes 192,264 100.0

2016 election[edit]

California's 12th congressional district election, 2016
* denotes incumbent     Source:
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 169,537 78.1
No party preference Preston Picus 16,633 7.7
Republican Bob Miller 16,583 7.6
Green Barry Hermanson 14,289 6.6
Total votes 217,042 100.0
General election
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 274,035 80.9
No party preference Preston Picus 64,810 19.1
Total votes 338,845 100.0

2018 election[edit]

California's 12th congressional district election, 2018
* denotes incumbent     Source:
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 141,365 68.5
Republican Lisa Remmer 18,771 9.1
Democratic Shahid Buttar 17,597 8.5
Democratic Stephen Jaffe 12,114 5.9
Democratic Ryan A. Khojasteh 9,498 4.6
Green Barry Hermanson 4,217 2.0
No party preference Michael Goldstein 2,820 1.4
Total votes 206,382 100.0
General election
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* 275,292 86.8
Republican Lisa Remmer 41,780 13.2
Total votes 317,072 100.0

Speaker of the House[edit]

2003 election[edit]

2003 election for Speaker – 108th Congress[24]
* denotes incumbent
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dennis Hastert* (IL 14) 228 52.53
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (CA 8) 201 46.31
Democratic John Murtha (PA 12) 1 0.23
       Present 4 0.93
Total votes 434 100
Votes necessary 218 >50

2005 election[edit]

2005 election for Speaker – 109th Congress[25]
* denotes incumbent
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dennis Hastert* (IL 14) 226 52.92
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (CA 8) 199 46.60
Democratic John Murtha (PA 12) 1 0.24
       Present 1 0.24
Total votes 427 100
Votes necessary 214 >50

2007 election[edit]

2007 election for Speaker – 110th Congress[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (CA 8) 233 53.56
Republican John Boehner (OH 8) 202 46.44
Total votes 435 100
Votes necessary 218 >50

2009 election[edit]

2009 election for Speaker – 111th Congress[27]
* denotes incumbent
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* (CA 8) 255 53.56
Republican John Boehner (OH 8) 174 40.56
Total votes 429 100
Votes necessary 215 >50

2011 election[edit]

2011 election for Speaker – 112th Congress[28]
* denotes incumbent
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Boehner (OH 8) 241 55.88
Democratic Nancy Pelosi* (CA 8) 173 39.96
Democratic Heath Shuler (NC 11) 11 2.53
Democratic John Lewis (GA 5) 2 0.48
Democratic Dennis Cardoza (CA 18) 1 0.23
Democratic Jim Costa (CA 20) 1 0.23
Democratic Jim Cooper (TN 5) 1 0.23
Democratic Steny Hoyer (MD 5) 1 0.23
Democratic Marcy Kaptur (OH 9) 1 0.23
Total votes 432 100
Votes necessary 217 >50

2013 election[edit]

2013 election for Speaker – 113th Congress[29]
* denotes incumbent
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Boehner* (OH 8) 220 51.64
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (CA 12) 192 45.04
Republican Eric Cantor (VA 7) 3 0.70
Democratic Jim Cooper (TN 5) 2 0.47
Republican Allen West[a] 2 0.47
Republican Justin Amash (MI 3) 1 0.24
Democratic John Dingell (MI 12) 1 0.24
Republican Jim Jordan (OH 4) 1 0.24
Republican Raúl Labrador (ID 1) 1 0.24
Democratic John Lewis (GA 5) 1 0.24
Republican Colin Powell[a] 1 0.24
Republican David Walker[a] 1 0.24
Total votes 426 100
Votes necessary 214 >50

2015 regular election[edit]

2015 election for Speaker (Regular) – 114th Congress[31]
* denotes incumbent
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Boehner* (OH 8) 216[b] 52.95
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (CA 12) 164 40.20
Republican Dan Webster (FL 10) 12 2.95
Republican Louie Gohmert (TX 1) 3 0.74
Republican Ted Yoho (FL 3) 2 2.50
Republican Jim Jordan (OH 4) 2 0.50
Republican Jeff Duncan (SC 3) 1 0.24
Republican Rand Paul[a] 1 0.24
Republican Colin Powell[a] 1 0.24
Republican Trey Gowdy (SC 4) 1 0.24
Republican Kevin McCarthy (CA 23) 1 0.24
Democratic Jim Cooper (TN 5) 1 0.24
Democratic Peter DeFazio (OR 4) 1 0.24
Republican Jeff Sessions[a] 1 0.24
Democratic John Lewis (GA 5) 1 0.24
Total votes 408 100
Votes necessary 205 >50

2015 special election[edit]

2015 election for Speaker (Special) – 114th Congress[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Ryan (WI 1) 236 54.63
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (CA 12) 184 42.60
Republican Dan Webster (FL 10) 9 2.08
Democratic Jim Cooper (TN 5) 1 0.23
Democratic John Lewis (GA 5) 1 0.23
Republican Colin Powell[a] 1 0.23
Total votes 432 100
Votes necessary 217 >50

2017 election[edit]

2017 election for Speaker – 115th Congress[33]
* denotes incumbent
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Ryan* (WI 1) 239 55.19
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (CA 12) 189 43.65
Democratic Tim Ryan (OH 13) 2 0.47
Democratic Jim Cooper (TN 5) 1 0.23
Democratic John Lewis (GA 5) 1 0.23
Republican Dan Webster (FL 10) 1 0.23
Total votes 433 100
Votes necessary 217 >50

2019 election[edit]

2019 election for Speaker – 116th Congress[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (CA 12) 220 51.17
Republican Kevin McCarthy (CA 23) 192 44.66
Republican Jim Jordan (OH 4) 5 1.16
Democratic Cheri Bustos (IL 17) 4 0.93
Democratic Tammy Duckworth[a] 2 0.47
Democratic Stacey Abrams[a] 1 0.23
Democratic Joe Biden[a] 1 0.23
Democratic Marcia Fudge (OH 11) 1 0.23
Democratic Joe Kennedy III (MA 4) 1 0.23
Democratic John Lewis (GA 5) 1 0.23
Republican Thomas Massie (KY 4) 1 0.23
Democratic Stephanie Murphy (FL 7) 1 0.23
Total votes 430 100
Votes necessary 216 >50

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Not a member of the House at the time.[30]
  2. ^ Received a majority of the votes cast, and thus won the election, but failed to obtain a majority of the full membership (218).[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nichols, John (November 20, 2018). "If Nancy Pelosi Is the Most Progressive Candidate, She Should Be the Next Speaker". The Nation. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "Pelosi Wins Easily in S.F. Congress Race". Los Angeles Times. June 3, 1987. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Our Campaigns "California District 5 Special Election - April 7, 1987," (retrieved August 2, 2009).
  4. ^ Our Campaigns "California District 5 - Special Election Race - June 2, 1987," (retrieved August 2, 2009).
  5. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 8, 1988," (retrieved August 2, 2009).
  6. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 6, 1990," (retrieved August 2, 2009).
  7. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 3, 1992," (retrieved August 2, 2009).
  8. ^ "June 7, 1994 Primary Election - Statement of Vote". Secretary of State of California. Archived from the original on December 25, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  9. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 8, 1994," (retrieved August 2, 2009).
  10. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 5, 1996," (retrieved August 2, 2009).
  11. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 3, 1998," (retrieved August 2, 2009).
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  29. ^ "159 Cong. Rec. 21 (2013)" (PDF). Congressional Record. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Publishing Office. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
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