House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that she believes Democrats will hold the majority in the House after the 2022 midterm elections, saying that her confidence stems from recent census results.
Pelosi added that "much of the growth in many of these places that picked up more numbers, more—more members in Congress, the growth was from Hispanics, African-Americans and the rest, so we’ll see where those votes go."
“But this is right now,” Pelosi told CBS. “The best politics of all is to get the job done for the American people, the blueprint that was put forth by the president last night to meet the needs of the American people. That’s what we’re about. We’re not worrying about who’s going to be speaker two years from now.”
In mid-April, Pelosi's majority shrunk after Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La.) was sworn into office. And so far, three Democrats have left the House of Representatives to join the Biden administration, including presidential adviser Cedric Richmond, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge, and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
Earlier this month, longtime Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) died after a battle with cancer, and there is one vacant seat for Republicans after Rep. Ron Wright died in February.
Top Democrats in the House have expressed optimism that they can push through their favored bills.
“Frankly, we’re doing OK as Democrats as you look at this quarter,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in March about their slim majority.