Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives. The Eighth District includes most of the City of San Francisco including Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community. Overwhelmingly elected by her colleagues in the fall of 2002 as Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is the first woman in American history to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress.
Before being elected Leader, she served as House Democratic Whip for one year and was responsible for the party's legislative strategy in the House. On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She has been a proponent of increased investments in health research and authored legislation to create an independent national commission to assess the overall performance of the federal government before, during, and after the September 11 attacks.
Nancy Pelosi: Issues like gay marriage are groundbreaking issues, and traditionally they have begun in the states. I'm very proud of what the State of California has done in this regard. But it is clear that, again, this is a state-by-state issue.
I have confidence in younger people, people who are the age of my children or younger, because they don't carry a lot of the prejudices that older generations may still have about this issue. I know young people think that there's no place for discrimination in our society. I agree with that, and that's why I'm pleased with what happened in California, and I'm hopeful that we can hold off any initiatives to change that in the November  election.
Recorded on: June 24, 2008