House Democrats choose Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Nancy Pelosi


House Democrats choose caucus seats Hakeem Jeffries of New York to success Nancy Pelosi as leader of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives next year, a historic move that would make him the first Black to lead either major party in both Houses.

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

Jeffries run unimpeded as leader, with Massachusetts Representative Katherine Clark, current assistant speaker, running, and California Representative Peter Aguilar, formerly vice chair of the caucus, and expected to win. the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives.

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

At 52, Jeffries will represent a generational shift from the current trio of House Democrats, who are three decades older than him. He became chairman of the Democratic caucus in 2019, making him the youngest member to hold a leadership post.

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

Pelosi – who was named “Speaker Honorary” in a unanimous vote by the House Democratic Directing and Policy Committee on Tuesday night – blessed the expected trio of new leaders. will succeed them in a statement when she announced she would step down and return to leadership. -and-file members in the new Congress.

“A new day is beginning – and I am confident that these new leaders will be able to lead our Caucus and our Congress,” Pelosi said. speak.

For months, Democratic lawmakers have whispered that the possibility of Pelosi leaving Congress could pave the way for Jeffries.

Jeffries said he hopes to “lead an effort to focus our communications strategy around the messaging principle that values ​​unite, issues divide.” He also praised the previous leadership but said that “more needs to be done to fight inflation, protect our democracy, ensure reproductive freedom, welcome new Americans, promote equal protection under the law and improve public safety across this country.”

This story and title was updated with additional developments on Wednesday.


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