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Nancy Pelosi Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Trivia quiz questions with answers about Nancy Pelosi.


Nancy Pelosi Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Who is Nancy Pelosi?
A: Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician serving as speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January 2019.

First elected to Congress in 1987, she is the only woman to have served as what?
A: Speaker, and is the highest-ranking elected woman in United States history.

Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, immediately after whom?
A: The vice president.

A member of the Democratic Party, Pelosi is in her 17th term as a what?
A: A congresswoman, representing California's 12th congressional district (since 2013), which consists of four-fifths of the city and county of San Francisco.

She initially represented what district?
A: The 5th district (19871993), and then, when district boundaries were redrawn after the 1990 Census, the 8th district (1993–2013).

She has led House Democrats since what year?
A: 2003 (the first woman to lead a party in Congress), serving twice each as Speaker (2007–2011 and 2019–present).

As House Minority Leader (2003–2007 and 2011–2019) depending upon whether Democrats or Republicans held the majority; she has also served as what?
A: House Minority Whip (2002–2003).

Pelosi was a major opponent of what war?
A: The Iraq War as well as the Bush Administration's 2005 attempt to privatize Social Security.

During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many landmark bills, including the what?
A: The Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act, along with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and 2010 Tax Relief Act, which served as economic stimulus amidst the Great Recession.
In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats won what?
A: Control of the House.

Afterward, when the 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019, Pelosi was elected Speaker for the second time, becoming the first what?
A: Former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955.

Where was Pelosi born?
A: She was born in Baltimore to an Italian-American family.

She was the youngest and only girl, of how many children?
A: Seven.

Who were her parents?
A: Annunciata M. "Nancy" D'Alesandro, and Thomas D'Alesandro Jr.

Both of Pelosi's parents had Italian what?
A: Roots.

Where was her mother born?
A: In Campobasso, in South Italy.

Her father could trace his ancestry to what Italian cities?
A: Genoa, Venice and Abruzzo.

When Nancy was born, her father was a what?
A: A Democratic Congressman from Maryland.

He became mayor of what seven years later?
A: Baltimore.

Pelosi's mother was also active in politics doing what?
A: Organizing Democratic women and teaching her daughter the value of social networking.

Pelosi's brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, also a Democrat, was Mayor of Baltimore during what period?
A: From 1967 to 1971.

She helped her father at his what?
A: Campaign events.

She attended John F. Kennedy's what?
A: Inaugural address when he became U.S. President in January 1961.

She graduated from what high school?
A: The Institute of Notre Dame, a Catholic all-girls high school in Baltimore.

In 1962, she graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. with what degree?
A: A Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Pelosi interned for whom?
A: Senator Daniel Brewster (D-Maryland) in the 1960s alongside future House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

After moving to San Francisco, Pelosi worked her way up in what?
A: Democratic politics.

In 1976, Pelosi was elected as a what?
A: Democratic National Committee member from California, a position she would hold until 1996.

When was she elected as party chair for Northern California?
A: On January 30, 1977, and for the California Democratic Party, which she held from 1981 until 1983.

That same year, she ran to succeed whom as chair of the Democratic National Committee?
A: Chuck Manatt, but lost to then-DNC Treasurer Paul G. Kirk.

Pelosi left her post as DSCC finance chair in what year?
A: 1986.

She won reelection in the regular election in 1988 and has been reelected another how many times with no substantive opposition, winning with an average of 80 percent of the vote?
A: 16.

She has not participated in candidates' debates since when?
A: Since her 1987 race against Harriet Ross.

The strongest challenge Pelosi has faced was in 2016 when Preston Picus polled 19.1% and Pelosi won with what percentage?
A: 80.9%.

For the 2000 and 2002 election cycles, she held the distinction of contributing the most among members of Congress to other what?
A: Congressional campaigns, in part because she is in a safe district and do not need the campaign funds.

In 2001, Pelosi was elected what?
A: The House Minority Whip, second-in-command to Minority Leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri.

She was the first woman in U.S. history to do what?
A: To hold that post.

In 2002, after Gephardt resigned as minority leader to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential election, Pelosi was elected to replace him, becoming what?
A: The first woman to lead a major party in the House.

In the 2006 midterm elections, the Democrats took control of what?
A: The House, picking up 30 seats.

The change in control meant as House Minority Leader, Pelosi was widely expected to become what?
A: Speaker of the House in the next Congress.

On November 16, 2006, the Democratic caucus unanimously chose Pelosi as what?
A: The Democratic candidate for Speaker.

On January 3, Pelosi defeated Republican John Boehner of Ohio with 233 votes compared to his 202 votes in the election for what?
A: Speaker of the House.

With her election, Pelosi became the first woman, the first Californian, and the first Italian-American to do what?
A: To hold the speakership.

She is also the second Speaker from a what?
A: A state west of the Rocky Mountains.

As Speaker, Pelosi was still the leader of the what?
A: The House Democrats; the Speaker is considered to be the leader of his or her House caucus.

However, by tradition, she did not normally participate in what?
A: Debate and almost never voted on the floor, though she had every right to do so as a full House member.

She was also not a member of any what?
A: House committees.

During and after her tenure as Speaker, Pelosi was perceived as a what?
A: A contentious political figure, with Republican candidates frequently trying to tie their Democratic opponents to Pelosi.

In the wake of President George W. Bush's reelection in 2004, several leading House Democrats believed that Democrats should pursue what?
A: Impeachment proceedings against the president.

They asserted that Bush had what?
A: Misled Congress about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and had violated the civil liberties of Americans by authorizing wiretaps without a warrant.

After becoming Speaker of the House in January 2007, Pelosi held firm against what?
A: Impeachment, notwithstanding strong support for that course of action among constituents in her home district.

In the November 2008 election, Pelosi withstood a challenge for her seat by whom?
A: Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who ran as an independent primarily because of Pelosi's refusal to pursue impeachment.

Pelosi was named Permanent Chair of the 2008 what?
A: Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Pelosi has been credited for spearheading President Obama's what?
A: Health-care law when it seemed that it would go down in defeat.

In Obama's remarks before signing the bill into law, he specifically credited Pelosi as being what?
A: "One of the best Speakers the House of Representatives has ever had".