A Democrat who was elected to his 12th term in office earlier this month said Wednesday he will not vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to serve as the next House speaker.
Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., told The Hill he is joining several other Democrats who oppose Pelosi’s speakership.
“I’ve been consistent in saying we’re in desperate need of new leadership on both sides, as we move forward in the new Congress,” said Kind, who did not vote for Pelosi two years ago when she successfully ran for House minority leader.
“I think she still has a math problem getting to 218,” Kind said.
House Democrats nominated Pelosi as their next speaker in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, although the vote tally was not disclosed. She will need to earn at least 218 votes when the full House votes on her nomination in January.
Democrats have at least a 15-vote majority in the House chamber, and several Democrats have pledged not to vote for Pelosi.
Pelosi, 78, served as House speaker from 2007-2011.