Washington, DC
Kaptur Bows Out Of Race For Party Leadership
November 14, 2002

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Toledo ended her last-minute bid to become the first female leader of the Democratic Party in the House today.

Kaptur pulled out before California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was elected over Representative Harold Ford Junior of Tennessee, 177 to 29. She replaces Richard Gephardt of Missouri.

Earlier, Kaptur had acknowledged she faced an uphill battle against Pelosi, but said she was running to open the party to the ideas of all members.

The 56-year-old Kaptur is the longest-serving Democratic woman in the House.

On Wednesday, Deborah Pryce of Columbus became the highest-ranking woman in the Republican leadership of the House. She's Number Four in the leadership hierarchy.

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