The role of Silicon Valley
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: Silicon Valley has been a strong intellectual resource to us in putting together innovation agenda. In fact, our discussions began at Stanford University.
And when we put the innovation agenda together, it became clear that energy security was a competitiveness issue. It's not only a national security issue for our country, and an economic issue, it's a competitiveness issue.
So right from the start as we put the innovation agenda together, Silicon Valley was there.
And on energy, of course, the green momentum that is springing forth from Silicon Valley is very important because if we're going to succeed with our new green economy, and with our addressing climate crisis and energy security, we have to let the marketplace lead the way.
So when we see Silicon Valley with all the invention and ingenuity and discovery, plus all of the venture capital flowing toward that, we know that we can be successful.
Recorded on: June 24, 2008
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