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Politician Nancy Pelosi became the first female Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives as well as the first female Speaker of the House.
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Shortly after winning the Speaker post, Pelosi had a personal triumph as well. She became a grandmother for the sixth time. Her daughter, Alexandra, gave birth to a son, Paul Michael Vos, on November 13, 2006.
After the election of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, Pelosi was in the position to work with a president of the same party. She was instrumental in pushing for the health care reform plan in 2010,
a position that earned her more criticism from the GOP.
Pelosi remained Speaker until November 2010, when Republicans gained control of the House. She was succeeded by Republican John Boehner. Pelosi is currently the Minority Leader in the House.
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