As for her image, Pelosi and her aides like to emphasize her personal side. She is a mother of five and grandmother of five, with another grandchild on the way.
One of her children, Alexandra Pelosi, made a splash in 2002 with her HBO documentary, "Journeys With George," which chronicled George W. Bush's 2000 Presidential election bid. Her follow-up, "Diary of a Political Tourist," followed politicians on the other side of the aisle as Democrats tried to snare the top spot as the party's candidate for President.
Whatever the GOP thinks of her, Pelosi has brought an almost Republican-style order to the Democrats.
Under her leadership, they've voted lock step against Republicans nearly 90 percent of the time.
It was Pelosi's strategy to focus on attack instead of the Democratic agenda.
In the final days before Election Day as she tried to lock down a victory, Pelosi made no apologies for her policy.
"There's nothing like winning," she said. "Absolutely nothing like winning. Because winning gives you the opportunity."
Before the election, Pelosi spent most of her time politicking behind the scenes rather than attending public rallies. Pelosi and her party realize that her reputation can polarize.
Yet with every step, the crowds were never far behind. So when Pelosi goes to sleep at night does she ever fantasize for a moment about the title: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi?
"No, I never do," she said before the election. "What I think about before I go to sleep at night is how we can get up to 15 new Democratic seats in the Congress of the U.S., and then I say my prayers."