House Democrats pick Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Nancy Pelosi

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House Democrats chose New York caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader in the chamber next year, a historic move that will make him the first black person to represent either of the two major parties in both chambers of Congress. lead.

House Democrats met behind closed doors on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning to make their decision.

Jeffries ran unopposed as leader, with Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, current assistant speaker, who ran like a whip and California Rep. Peter Aguilar, formerly vice chairman of the caucus, and was expected to win the spot to head the House Democratic caucus.

Republicans have a majority in the next Congress, so Jeffries, Clark and Aguilar will all lead in a Democratic minority, the first in two terms.

At age 52, Jeffries will represent a generational change from the current triumvirate of House Democratic leaders, who are three decades his senior. He became the chairman of the Democratic caucus in 2019, making him the youngest member in the leadership.

His rise in leadership comes after Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn announced they would be stepping down from their current leadership positions. Clyburn is expected to become assistant leader in the new Congress.

Pelosi — who was unanimously named “Speaker Emerita” Tuesday night by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee — blessed the new trio of leaders expected to succeed them in a statement when she announced she would step down and return. a rank would become a member of the new Congress.

“A new day is dawning — and I am confident that these new leaders will ably lead our Caucus and Congress,” Pelosi said.

For months, Democratic lawmakers have whispered that Pelosi’s possible departure from Congress could pave the way for Jeffries.

Jeffries said he hopes to “lead an effort that centers our communications strategy around the messaging principle that values ​​unite, issues divide.” He also praised past leadership, but said, “More needs to be done to fight inflation, defend our democracy, secure reproductive freedom, welcome new Americans, promote equal protection under the law, and public safety.” in this whole country.”

This story and headline were updated on Wednesday with additional developments.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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