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

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Key House Dem: I don't want to 'punish' drug companies House Dems fire first salvo in drug pricing fight MORE (D-Md.) praised House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions 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 RyanHow Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others Dem leaders avert censure vote against Steve King McCarthy rejects idea of censuring Steve King MORE (D-Ohio), who unsuccessfully challenged her in 2016, and Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonHow Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others Moulton to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation Democrats must prove they are worthy of their House majority MORE (D-Mass.) have been floated as potential opponents, Pelosi's critics have yet to name an official challenger. 

— Julia Manchester