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Randy Mancini 3 December 22, 2022
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her final weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on December 22, 2022 in Washington, DC. Today was her last weekly news conference as Speaker of the House and Democratic leader. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her final weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on December 22, 2022 in Washington, DC. Today was her last weekly news conference as Speaker of the House and Democratic leader. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:22 PM PT – Thursday, December 22, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered her final news conference before the House majority will shift over to Republicans in the coming New Year.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) is stepping down and Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) will take over as Minority Leader in January. Pelosi will participate in Congress as a rank-and-file member.

“As Speaker of the House, I have awesome power. As I’m transitioning to a different, new role, I expect to have strong influence. But not on my members but just in terms of encouraging more women, for example, to run,” Pelosi said. “The Speaker of the House is a very big job and just wrapping it up will take time.”

At the conference on Thursday, the Democrat spoke about some historic moments she was a part of over the past few days. This included Zelensky’s speech, the final report from the Jan. 6th Committee, and the passing of the $1.7 trillion Omnibus bill.

The congresswoman was the first ever female Speaker of the House. Pelosi stated on her way out she would maintain “strong influence” and back a new era of female leaders in support of the “integrity of the institution.”

As a role model to many leading women, she left them with a piece of advice.

“I say the best advice I ever had that I extend to you is: Be yourself. You’re the only person in the history of the world who was you. I get overwhelmed by women telling me how I’ve given them confidence or a role model and I said, ‘Don’t worry about any role model. Be yourself,'” Pelosi said.

"I was Speaker and Minority Leader under President Bush, under President Obama, under what's his name, and just Speaker under President Biden. Three different presidents – two different rolls."

–Nancy Pelosi at her final weekly news conference as Speaker of the House. pic.twitter.com/FNqk4jpBTu