Michigan congresswoman Elissa Slotkin has said that whether or not the Democrats managed to retain control of the House of Representatives in the upcoming elections they would still need to consider a shift in leadership.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has had mixed reviews on her performance during her tenure as the first woman in that position. According to a FiveThirtyEight poll tracker currently, the GOP has a 74% chance of retaking the House.
That same poll has set the Democrat’s chances of retaining the Senate at 70%.
Slotkin in an interview with CNN’s New Day said that she has always maintained that “it’s time we have new leadership,” and that there needs to be more diversity in leadership.
Slotkin, 46, had previously served three tours in Iraq as a CIA analyst and has been the representative of Michigan’s 8th Congressional District since 2019. In November she will be up for reelection.
When the Democrats managed to retain control of the House in January of 2021 there was a vote over the speakership which Pelosi won.
Pelosi is still confident that the Democrats will be able to hold the House. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer however said in the last week that the Democrats would lose the House and that Pelosi would be “in trouble.”
Currently, the chances of Democrats retaining the Senate is around 60 percent, while for the House that percentage drops to 40.
Other Democrats, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have also said that they would like to see the “next generation” take over from Pelosi and Schumer.