(PatriotWise.com) – Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the caucus chair for the House Democrats, was chosen to succeed Nancy Pelosi as the party’s leader in the chamber the following year. This historic decision would make Jeffries the first Black person to lead one of the two major parties in either chamber of Congress.
On Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning, House Democrats convened privately to make their choice.
Jeffries was the only candidate for the position of leader in the House Democratic caucus; California Rep. Peter Aguilar, who had previously served as vice chair of the group, and Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, who is currently assistant speaker, ran as whip.
Given that the Republicans will control the next Congress, Jeffries, Clark, and Aguilar will serve as the first Democratic minority leaders in two terms.
With the current trio of House Democratic leaders being three decades his senior, Jeffries, 52, will signify a generational shift. In 2019, he was elected Democratic caucus chairman, making him the group’s youngest leader.
After Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn announced they would leave their existing leadership roles, Jeffries rose to leadership. It’s anticipated that Clyburn will join the new Congress as an assistant leader.
When Pelosi announced she would step down and return to being a rank-and-file member in the new Congress, the new trio of leaders anticipated to succeed them were given her blessings by Pelosi, who was named “Speaker Emerita” in a unanimous vote by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Tuesday night.
A new era is beginning, and she expressed her confidence in these new leaders to lead the Congress and their Caucus successfully.
At the White House State Dinner, where prominent politicians honored French President Emmanuel Macron, Pelosi reinforced her support for Jeffries, telling reporters that she is “glad, and thrilled, and relieved” about her replacement.
Democratic legislators have speculated for months that Jeffries would succeed Pelosi if she leaves Congress.
“To lead an initiative that centers our communication strategy around the messaging idea that values unite, issues divide,” stated Jeffries as his goal. While praising the previous administration, he said that “more must be done” to fight inflation, maintain our democracy, ensure reproductive freedom, welcome new citizens, advance equal protection under the law, and enhance public safety nationwide.
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