New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries has been unanimously elected to lead the Democratic Caucus in the US House of Representatives, making him the first black American to lead either party in the House of Representatives or the Senate.
The vote for Jeffries and his two colleagues in the House Democratic leadership marks the rise of a new, younger generation now set to take the reins from the likes of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who, at 82, has announced she will not seek a leadership role in the House. representatives. the next Congress.
The 52-year-old congressman is 30 years younger than his predecessor, Pelassi, who was elected in 2003 to lead the House Democratic Caucus, which included eight terms as speaker.
“I am honored to stand before you today as the incoming House Democratic Leader in the 118th Congress, which will convene on January 3rd, and I am joined by two of my good friends, wonderful colleagues and partners, incoming House Democratic member Katherine Clark , and the new chairman of the assembly, Pete Aguilar. I also want to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an extraordinary speaker for the ages, who spoke so much for so many over such a significant period of time. Our meeting is the best. Our country is the best. The world is a better place because of the incredible leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
Elevating Jeffries, Rep. Clark as Democratic Whip, and Rep. Aguilar as Caucus Chair ensures that the top three Democratic roles in the House will be filled by women or people of color.
“House Democrats are fighting for the people. This is our story. This is our heritage. These are our values. This is our commitment as we move forward. Do the work. Improve the lives of ordinary Americans. We look forward to engaging and working with the other side of the aisle when possible, but we will also fight back against extremism when necessary.”
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer praised Jeffries’ election