Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Elected to Lead US House Democrats


In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, US House Democrats elected the first Black politician Rep. Hakeem Sekou Jeffries – who has served New York’s 8th District since 2013 – to lead their Party in the Congress, starting a generational shift as the incumbents prepare to hand over House Control to Republicans in January 2023.

In a show of Unity after the 2022 Midterm Elections in which Democrats lost the House control but had a stronger than anticipated display, they skipped a vote and, by acclamation, elected Congressman Hakeem Jefferies to become the Democratic Party’s top leader in the Congress’ lower chamber succeeding Rep. Nancy Pelosi, making him the first Black person to lead their caucus in the Congress.

Furthermore, in a speech following Wednesday’s vote, the US House Minority Leader-elect said they’d reach across the aisle to work with GOPs. However, he added that Dems would repel extremism whenever necessary. Jeffries continued: Our Caucus is better; America is better, and the World is better because of the incredible leadership of Nancy Pelosi.

Younger Generation of Democratic Leadership

On November 17, Ms. Pelosi declared that she would step down from her Congressional leadership role, ending a twenty-year streak as the top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Along with Pelosi, two other top House Democratic members, Congressmen Steyn Hoyer serving Maryland’s 5th District, and James E. Clyburn, representing South Carolina’s 6th District, announced their departure.

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