Nancy Pelosi’s road leads to Rome. Reportedly, the leading member of the US Democratic Party and Speaker of the House of Representatives wants to become the next ambassador to Italy.
- Fox Business reported she intends to ask President Joe Biden to nominate her to the spot, should the Republican Party win the House majority in the upcoming midterm elections, as polls predict.
President Biden “is holding the spot for the speaker, sources say, which is one reason he has yet to fill the position since taking office,” wrote the US outlet.
- Villa Taverna, the official residence in Rome, is currently occupied by Chargé d’Affaires Shawn P. Crowley, and Thomas Smitham before him, since former Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg left on January 4, 2021.
- “The president has been slow to name ambassadors to several countries, including Italy […] 27% of the 194 ambassador positions are currently without a Senate-confirmed official.”
Following the heritage. The House Speaker is of Italian descent herself, having been born in an Italian-American family.
- Her mother, Annunciata “Nancy” Lombardi, was born in the Molisean town of Fornelli, in Southern Italy, and moved to the US in 1912.
- Her father, Thomas D’Alesandro, also traces his roots back to Italy. His own father hailed from Montenerodomo in Abruzzo (Central Italy), and his mother’s parents were born in the Northern city of Genoa.