Senior Dem says Pelosi will be Speaker for as long as she wants

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (D-Md.) praised House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) in an interview that aired Monday on "Rising," saying she will remain Speaker for as long as she wants if Democrats take back the House in November. 

"I think that she is a phenomenal Speaker," Cummings told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. "She knows the members. I can't think of anybody in the House that could have seen through the passage of something like the Affordable Care Act." 

"I expect Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker, and I believe that she will be Speaker until she decides to leave," he continued. 

"Nancy has worked hard, and they tried to make her the boogie woman," he said. "The reason why they tried to do that is because she is effective. Even under the circumstances that we're in now, when I look at the budget that we passed, I mean the appropriations that we're doing, clearly her leadership shines through." 

Cummings will become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee if Democrats take back the majority in the lower chamber in November. 

His comments come as Pelosi, who's led the party for 15 years, has faced some growing opposition from Democrats calling for new blood. 

While Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist 3 reasons billionaire activist Tom Steyer is running for president ProPublica to fund reporter to cover Youngstown, Ohio, after newspaper folds MORE (D-Ohio), who unsuccessfully challenged her in 2016, and Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur Moulton2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist Biden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan 2020 Democrats push tax hike on wealthy investors MORE (D-Mass.) have been floated as potential opponents, Pelosi's critics have yet to name an official challenger. 

— Julia Manchester