House Democrats Delay Leadership Election Until Nov. 29

U.S. House Democrats will delay the election of their leaders for the 2013-14 session until Nov. 29, according to a Democratic leadership aide.

Parties typically elect leaders as soon as Congress returns to Washington after the November elections. This year that would be the week of Nov. 12, when Republicans plan to hold their leadership elections.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California hasn’t committed to running again for the top spot. When asked about her leadership plans during a telephone interview Oct. 22, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said she would serve out the new two-year term she is seeking in the Nov. 6 election. Pelosi has previously given the same answer when asked about her plans.

The only currently contested position among Democratic leadership is for the fifth-ranking job of caucus vice chairman. Among the lawmakers who have expressed an interest are Joe Crowley of New York, Jared Polis, the founder of Proflowers.com from Colorado, and Barbara Lee of California.

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