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

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTrump, Congress brace for Mueller findings Ex-Georgia candidate calls for probe, says more than a hundred thousand votes went 'missing' Overnight Health Care: Senators seek CBO input on preventing surprise medical bills | Oversight panel seeks OxyContin documents | Pharmacy middlemen to testify on prices | Watchdog warns air ambulances can put patients at 'financial risk' MORE (D-Md.) praised House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Dems plot strategy after end of Mueller probe Coons after Russia probe: House Dems need to use power in 'focused and responsible way' Trump, Congress brace for Mueller findings 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 RyanHouse Dem renews call for censuring Steve King The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Hillicon Valley: Google takes heat at privacy hearing | 2020 Dems to debate 'monopoly power' | GOP rips net neutrality bill | Warren throws down gauntlet over big tech | New scrutiny for Trump over AT&T merger MORE (D-Ohio), who unsuccessfully challenged her in 2016, and Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonJared Kushner's brother made last-minute donation to Beto O'Rourke Senate campaign The Hill's Morning Report - Boeing crisis a test for Trump administration We could have less than 5 years to save the North Atlantic right whale MORE (D-Mass.) have been floated as potential opponents, Pelosi's critics have yet to name an official challenger. 

— Julia Manchester