Nancy Pelosi, 70, the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, will lose that title as the Republicans take control of the House following last night’s election. It’s easy to see Pelosi as a caricature — the plastic surgery jokes, the mocking by late night talk show hosts and the abysmal approval ratings. But, hey, she’s a real person — a mom and a grandmother and here are five things you might not know about Pelosi:
–She’s been married to husband Paul Pelosi since 1963 and have five children: Nancy Corinne, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul and Alexandra, as well as seven grandchildren. Alexandra, a journalist, covered the Republican presidential campaigns in 2000 and made a film about the experience, Journeys with George. In 2007, Christine published a book, Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders.
–She is among the most wealthy members of Congress. The Pelosi family has a net worth of nearly $12.5 million as of 2008, largely from investments. In addition to their large portfolio of California real estate, the couple also owns a vineyard valued at between $5 million and $25 million. Pelosi’s husband also owns stock, including $1 million in Apple, Inc.
–Not only is she the first female to hold the Speaker of the House position, she’s the first Italian-American and first Californian to hold the title.
–She graduated from Trinity College (Washington, D.C.) in 1962 with a degree in (what else?) political science.
–She was born in Baltimore, Maryland and is the youngest of six children.