She picked Pelosi as her designated successor, guaranteeing her the support of the Burtons' contacts.
Sala died on February 1, 1987, just a month after being sworn in for a second full term.
She has not participated in candidates' debates since her 1987 race against Harriet Ross.
For the 20 election cycles, she held the distinction of contributing the most among members of Congress to other congressional campaigns, in part because she is in a safe district and does not need the campaign funds.
The district was numbered as the 5th during her first three terms in the House, and as the 8th from 1993 to 2013.
She served as the House Minority Whip from 2002 to 2003, and was House Minority Leader from 2003 to 2007, holding the post during the 108th and 109th Congresses alongside President George W. Pelosi is the first woman, the first Californian, and first Italian-American to lead a major party in Congress.
With her election, Pelosi became the first woman, the first Californian, and the first Italian-American to hold the Speakership.
She is also the second Speaker from a state west of the Rocky Mountains.
During her speech, she discussed the historical importance of being the first female to hold the position of Speaker: This is a historic moment – for the Congress, and for the women of this country.Kennedy's inaugural address when he became President in January 1961. She became a friend of one of the leaders of the California Democratic Party, 5th District Congressman Phillip Burton.She graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame, a Catholic all-girls high school in Baltimore, and from Trinity College in Washington, D. In 1976, Pelosi was elected as a Democratic National Committee member from California, a position she would hold until 1996.Pelosi and Hoyer had a somewhat frosty relationship dating back to 2001, when they ran against each other for minority whip.However, Hoyer was elected as House Majority Leader over Murtha by a margin of 149–86 within the caucus.