She'll do it thanks, in no small part, to the establishment that once rejected her.
Pelosi, a far-left San Francisco liberal ideologue, couldn't be more out of touch with the country's mainstream.
"I'm a master legislator, I'm experienced in knowing institutional memory of the Congress", she said. Under Pelosi's watch, the party has suffered two overwhelming midterm election losses as well as the mother of all upsets in last year's presidential election.
The Republican victor of the most expensive House race ever took her seat representing Atlanta's outskirts Monday evening, along with a South Carolina Republican who claimed a narrower-than-expected victory to retain a strongly Republican seat.
The Democratic leader pushed back on the notion that she should step down. The Georgia representative will be sworn in at the same time as SC special election victor Ralph Norman according to the report. Sprinkled in the crowd of hundreds of energetic Karen Handel supporters were other onetime rivals and critics who once fought to derail her political career.
Democrats lost another congressional race in SC on Tuesday, in which the Republican candidate, Ralph Norman, defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in that state's 5th District. Handel's opponent, first-time candidate Jon Ossoff, raised $23 million for the race and narrowly led in most polls.
Pelosi is the face of the national Democratic Party.
"This is an extraordinary honor and the greatest privilege that I think I have ever had", Handel said in brief remarks after receiving the oath of office from Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.