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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made remarks from the House chambers on Nov. 17. (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

house speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday She will relinquish her leadership position after leading the House Democrats for two decades, building a legacy as one of the most powerful and polarizing figures in American politics.

Pelosi’s long reign became a source of tension within her own party. She won by promising Democrats after the 2018 elections that she would leave her leadership position by 2022.

House Democrats are likely to choose 52-year-old Representative Hakeem Jeffries to replace Pelosi as leader, although Democrats will not vote until Nov. 30.

Pelosi did not tell reporters after her speech on Thursday who she would endorse. But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn announced they too would step down from their leadership positions, and endorsed Jeffries to succeed Pelosi.

Hoyer said Jeffries would “make history for the institution of the House and for our country.” Clyburn said he hopes Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark and California Rep. Pete Aguilar will join Jeffries in the House Democratic leadership.

Prior to Pelosi’s announcement, Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, told CNN she hoped her caucus would throw its support behind Jeffries and help him become the first black House Democratic leader.

“If she falls apart, I am very clear that Hakeem Jefferies is the person I will vote for and lead the Congressional Black Caucus to vote for,” Beatty said. “I don’t always speak for everyone, but I am very comfortable saying that I believe every member of the Congressional Black Caucus will be voting for Hakeem Jeffries.”

Former CBC Chairman GK Butterfield, Retd. North Carolina Rep. GK Butterfield told CNN that Jefferies is “right now ready” to side with Pelosi. Butterfield said he thought Jefferies would run.

Pelosi told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday that members of her caucus told him to “consider” running in the party’s leadership election at the end of the month, saying: “But, again, let’s just go through with the election.”

Any decision to run again, the longtime Democratic leader said, “is about family, and also about my colleagues. And what we want to do is move forward in a very integrated way as we move forward to prepare for Congress.

“Nevertheless, a great deal is at stake as we head into the presidential election. So my decision will again be based on the wishes of my family and the wishes of my caucus,” she continued. “But none of this will be considered too much until we see what the outcome of all this is. And there are all kinds of ways to have an impact.

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