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Nancy Pelosi Biography

Title:
52nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Millions of Americans daily and proudly pledge ‘one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’ Let me be clear: I defer to no one in my defense of the voluntary recitation of the Pledge. I strongly believe the phrase ‘under God’ and the Pledge itself is an uplifting expression of support of the United States.”

House Floor Speech, Sep. 23, 2004

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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 52nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • House Minority Leader, US House of Representatives, 2011-2019
  • Speaker, United States House of Representatives, Jan. 2007-2010
  • House Minority Leader, US House of Representatives, 2002-2006
  • House Minority Whip, US House of Representatives, 2001-2004
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1987-present
  • State Chair, California Democratic Party, 1981-1983
  • Chair, Northern California Democratic Party, 1977-1981
Education:
  • BA, Trinity College, 1962
Other:
  • First woman to be Speaker of the US House of Representatives
  • First woman to lead a major political party in either house of Congress
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Pledge of Allegiance Be Removed from the Jurisdiction of Federal Courts?
  2. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?