- Associated Press - Monday, July 8, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the keynote speaker at the annual Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association brunch Aug. 14.

The 79-year-old California Democrat is the nation’s first woman House speaker. She wielded the gavel from 2007 to 2011 and began her third term this year after Democrats regained control of the House. She is Capitol Hill’s leading voice of opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.

The highly popular brunch kicks off Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair.

Last year’s event required an overflow room after 2,500 main ballroom tickets sold out, but illness forced scheduled speaker former Vice President Joe Biden to cancel . He was replaced by South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj). Buttigieg has become a top-tier 2020 Democratic presidential contender along with Biden.

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