House Democrats re-elect Nancy Pelosi as leader
House Minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi answers questions during a press conference May 9, 2014 in Washington (AFP)

Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday re-elected Nancy Pelosi of California as the leader of their caucus despite a major election defeat two weeks ago that strengthened Republicans' majority in the chamber.


The election took place on a voice vote with no dissenters, a Democratic leadership aide said.

Democrats also re-elected other leaders, including Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

They elected a new chairman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Representative Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, replacing Steve Israel of New York, who will move to a new policy and messaging role. Representatives Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Donna Edwards of Maryland were elected to serve as co-chairs of the party's policy committee.

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)