USA Today's Susan Page to write Pelosi biography
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Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief, has signed a book deal to write a biography on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS economy hurtles toward 'COVID cliff' with programs set to expire Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump Divided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground MORE (D-Calif.).

“She is the highest ranking woman in the history of American politics, and the most effective House Speaker since Sam Rayburn. Yet she is fundamentally misunderstood by many in the public,” Page told Politico on Tuesday.


“Her rise reflects the transitional generation for women in the United States. And for the next two years, she will be the Democratic point person for the investigative and legislative showdowns with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE.”

The news comes as Pelosi is leading the Democratic Party’s opposition toTrump’s border wall, an issue that has emerged as the focal point of negotiations during the record-long partial government shutdown. 

No Democrats have publicly said they would support spending legislation that would include border wall funds, with Pelosi calling such a bill a “non-starter” and questioning if Trump’s key campaign promise had become an issue of “manhood.” 

Pelosi, who had previously served as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, is the only woman to have held the position and only the second person to reclaim the gavel after losing it.

Page is the other of several other books, including a biography on former first lady Barbara Bush — which will be published in April — titled “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.”

Page’s biography on Pelosi is tentatively titled “Madame Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Arc of Power.” It will be published by Twelve and was negotiated by Javelin.