In a 118-95 vote, House Democrats elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) to be their next Democratic Whip. With this election, Pelosi becomes the highest-ranking women in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives. She summarized this achievement saying, “We made history. Now we have to make progress.” Pelosi will replace Rep. David Bonior (MI), an anti-choice vote in the House, on January 15. As a representative of California’s 8th district, Pelosi is staunchly pro-choice and has a strong women’s rights voting record. Her focus in the House has been on international family planning, AIDS prevention, human rights in China, and environmental causes.