Madam Speaker: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the U.S. Speaker of the House (January 3–4, 2019)

This week, we witnessed a Congress that broke barriers. The 116th class elected Speaker Pelosi to lead the most diverse Congress in U.S. history towards a better future for our nation and a government that works #ForThePeople.

Check out some behind-the-scenes moments of this historic week:

Speaker Pelosi reviewing her speech before being sworn-in as the Speaker of the House. Jan 3, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
Speaker Pelosi stopped at the Library of Congress where she was surprised by iconic activist, Dolores Huerta. Jan 3, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
Speaker Pelosi and granddaughter holding hands after casting her vote for the Speakership. Jan 3, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
House Democrats cheering after the counting of votes confirming Pelosi’s victory as the Speaker of the House for the 116th Congress. Jan 3, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
Speaker Pelosi hugging Rep. Susie Lee, Rep. Sharice Davids and Rep. Veronica Escobar after being nominated for the Speakership. Jan 3, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
Children of both Democratic and Republican Members joined Speaker Pelosi at the podium after her speech. Jan 3, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
Speaker Pelosi holding her gavel after being sworn-in. Jan 3, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries naming the new House Democratic leadership. (Pictured from left to right: Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David Cicilline, Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair Katherine M. Clark, Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, Assistant Democratic Leader Ben Ray Luján, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer) Jan 3, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
On Friday, House Democrats introduced the first bill: H.R.1, also known as the For The People Act to restore our democracy, end Washington’s culture of corruption and reduce the role of money in our politics. Jan 4, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)

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