House Democrats elect Jeffries as new leader, first black American to lead major party in Congress

New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries replaces long serving House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi.

Updated: November 30, 2022 - 3:40pm

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House Democrats on Wednesday elected New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as the leader of their conference. 

Jeffries in assuming the post becomes the first black American to head a major political party in Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted to the results of the House Democratic leadership election.

"Congratulations to Leader-designate Hakeem Jeffries, Whip-designate Katherine Clark and Chairman-designate Pete Aguilar! Together, this new generation of leaders reflects the vibrancy and diversity of our great nation – and they will reinvigorate our caucus with their new energy, ideas and perspective," she said in a statement.

"Now, with the fullest confidence of our members, our new leaders are well-prepared to carry on Democrats’ fight for working families and defense of democracy. I am grateful to have served in the leadership of the magnificent House Democrats.  I look forward to an orderly transition as we prepare for the 118th Congress," she also said.

Jeffries is currently a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Aguilar, a California Democrat, is a member of many causes including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Pro-Choice Caucus and LGBT Equality Caucus. Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat and currently the assistant House speaker, serves as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and LGBT Equality Caucus among others.