(FreedomBeacon.com)- Last Thursday, outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delivered her final press conference before Republicans take over the lower chamber on January 3.
The 82-year-old Pelosi highlighted what she considered the high points of her final week as Speaker, including inviting Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to address Congress, the release of the January 6 select committee report, and the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package.
Pelosi, who will no longer hold a leadership role in the new Congress, told reporters that she planned to support a new era of female leaders to uphold the “integrity of the institution.”
Pelosi said that as Speaker of the House, she had “awesome power,” adding that now she would be “transitioning” to a new role in which she expects to “have strong influence” among Democrat House members and in encouraging more women to run for Congress.
She described the Speaker’s position as “a very big job” and said wrapping up her work “will take time.”
But Pelosi added that she had no plans to “be the mother-in-law” by telling the future Democrat leadership how they should do things.
When asked if she had any formal meetings with Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, her presumptive successor, Pelosi said she hadn’t but hoped that the new speaker is elected swiftly so Congress can resume its duties right away.
Pelosi said her focus is on “the integrity of the institution” as well as “the strength of and respect that the institution commands.”
Real Clear Politics average shows Congress commands a 62.4 percent disapproval rating.
That’s not a lot of respect.
Pelosi also used her final press conference as Speaker to reflect on how things have changed since she first arrived in Congress in 1987, making particular note of the marked increase in women elected to the House. She said she hoped to encourage even more diversity among House members by recruiting and funding more women to run for office.
Watch a segment of Pelosi’s press conference: