Pelosi Biography

Nancy Patricia D'Alessandro Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi was born March 26, 1940 to Italian-American parents in Baltimore, Maryland. For her, being involved in politics is a family tradition: her father, Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., was a U.S. Congressman from Maryland and a Mayor of Baltimore; Thomas L. J. D'Alesandro III, one of her five brothers, also served as Mayor of Baltimore from 1967 to 1971.

In 1962, Nancy Pelosi received her bachelor's degree from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in Washington, D.C. She later interned for Maryland Democratic Senator Daniel Brewster alongside future House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. While at Trinity College, she met her future husband Paul Pelosi, and when the couple married they moved to his hometown of San Francisco, where his brother Ron Pelosi was a member of the city's board of supervisors.

After her youngest child became a high school senior, Pelosi worked her way up in Democratic politics to become party chairwoman for Northern California, and joined forces with one of the leaders of the California Democratic Party, 5th District Congressman Phillip Burton.

Pelosi was the House Minority Leader of the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses of the United States. Since 1987, she has been the representative from the 8th district of California (numbered as 5th until 1993), which falls entirely within and includes most of the city and county of San Francisco.

Nancy Pelosi is currently the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Following the Democratic Party's majority win in the 2006 Congressional elections, Pelosi became the first woman, and first Italian American in U.S. history to hold the office. Pelosi ranks second in the line of presidential succession, following Vice President Dick Cheney.