A PROFILE | House speaker
Name: Nancy Pelosi.
Age, birthdate: 66; March 26, 1940, in Baltimore.
Education: B.A., Trinity College, 1962.
Experience: House speaker, elected Jan. 4; House minority leader, 2002-2006; House Democratic whip, 2001-2002; elected to House in 1987; finance chairwoman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, 1985-1986; chairwoman, California Democratic Party, 1983-1984.
Family: Husband, Paul; five children; six grandchildren.
Quote: "By electing me speaker, you have brought us closer to the ideal of equality that is America's heritage and America's hope. ... It's an historic moment for the Congress. It's an historic moment for the women of America. It is a moment for which we have waited over 200 years. ... For our daughters and our granddaughters, today we have broken the marble ceiling." -- Pelosi after her election Thursday as the first female speaker in history.
Source: Associated Press
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