Attack on Speaker Pelosi’s husband comes as Capitol Police report spike in threats against lawmakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul is recovering in the hospital after police say a man attacked him with a hammer in their home Friday.


Police have identified the attacker as 42-year-old David Depape. He’s facing a slew of felony charges including attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, and elder abuse.

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Officers say Speaker Pelosi wasn’t home at the time, but the suspect was reportedly looking for her.

As the second person in the line of succession to the presidency, House Speaker Pelosi has seen both her home and Capitol office targeted before.

It’s part of a trend showing an increase in threats against lawmakers in both parties over recent years.

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According to U.S. Capitol Police, the department’s threat assessment team opened approximately 1,800 cases in roughly the first four months of 2022.

They investigated more than 9,600 threats in 2021, setting a record. That was up from the 8,600 reported in 2020 and just under 7,000 in 2019.

Speaker Pelosi has not spoken publicly about the attack on her husband, but her office has released a statement saying they’re grateful for law enforcement and first responders.

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Members of Congress from both parties as well as President Joe Biden have sent their well wishes for a speedy recovery for Paul Pelosi.

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