It could be. The JI’s Chris Powell makes an interesting case:
Larson, a Democrat from East Hartford and former state Senate president who has represented the Hartford area in the U.S. House since 1999, was elected chairman of the House Democratic caucus the other day, putting him fourth in the party’s House leadership, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, and Assistant Majority Leader James E. Clyburn. Pelosi and Clyburn are 68 and Hoyer is 69, while Larson is only 60. So if the Democrats still have a majority in the House in a few years, Larson probably will be the favorite to succeed Pelosi.
Imagine that. Of course, the current Speaker would have to retire, first, and it may be a while before that happens. Still, Larson has steadily risen through the ranks during his short ten years in Congress, and it’s not hard to see him going further if he gets the chance.
It may also be worth pointing out that Larson was one of several high-profile Democrats who introduced then-Senator Obama to a full house at the XL Center in Hartford in February, and Larson endorsed Obama in late January. Smart move?
Powell, Chris. “Connecticut’s Larson next House speaker?.” Journal-Inquirer 1 December, 2008.