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.
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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.