Vice President Mike Pence has lost his office in the House that was given to him by former speaker Paul Ryan. This was done after the Democrats did a major real estate reshuffle in the House.
This office was given to Michael Pence by former speaker Paul Ryan, back in 2017, as a symbolic gesture. This was almost immediately after Trump’s inauguration. As you probably know, before he became a governor and a vice president, Pence served in the House for 12 years. He was very close with Paul Ryan and fellow GOP leaders.
Now Ryan’s successor as House speaker, Nancy Pelosi has rescinded the move.
In recent weeks, the placard in the House identifying the space as Pence’s office has been removed. Pence rarely visited the office, as the vice president is tasked with presiding over the Senate. Pence has an office in the Senate chamber he typically uses while on Capitol Hill. Pence has one formal Senate role, to break a tie vote. Pence has used his Senate office more broadly to lobby Republican lawmakers on Trump administration priorities.
A House Democratic aide told NPR that the space would be reassigned. Though Mike Pence won’t have his own office on the House side, the aide said that Pelosi would provide new space for the White House legislative affairs team, who did not have an office under the previous Congress’ House Republican majority.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi still hasn’t made an official comment regarding this decision.
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