House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is seeking another term as minority leader.
In a letter to House Democrats, published in full by the Washington Post on Wednesday–the day after her party endured a historic electoral drubbing from Republican candidates–Pelosi requested their support for her leadership bid.
Pelosi, who handily won her own reelection Tuesday, addressed the party’s losses, calling it a “difficult night for Democrats.”
She wrote that her takeaway is that they need to drive more voter participation.
“[I]t is clear from the election results that more must be done to increase voter participation,” the California congresswoman wrote.
Pelosi expressed a commitment to fighting for financial stability for the middle class, the minimum wage, and voter participation.
“To succeed, we must inspire, educate and remove obstacles to participation. Only by changing our political environment and broadening the universe of the electorate can we build a strong sense of community and an economy that works for everyone,” Pelosi wrote.
“This basic and even non-partisan challenge, which many of you told me you share, have convinced me to place my name in nomination for Leader when our Caucus meets,” she concluded. “I respectfully request your support, your comments and your participation.”