Thursday, December 1, 2022

Hakeem Jeffries is elected as the first Black party leader in the United States House of Representatives

US House Democrats elect Hakeem Jeffries as first Black party leader

 Hakeem Jeffries, the first Black American to hold such a high-ranking position in Congress, was unanimously elected on Wednesday to become the Democratic Party's top leader in the US House of Representatives beginning in January.

The vote by Jeffries' fellow Democrats also signified the rise of a younger generation of House leaders, the end of Nancy Pelosi's reign, and the control of other Democrats in their 80s.

The 52-year-old New Yorker Jeffries will lead the House Democrats during the 118th Congress, which begins on January 3.

Chuck Schumer, the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, stated that Jeffries' selection, a fellow Brooklynite, did not surprise him.

"You learn how to work with all kinds of different people" comes from Brooklyn.You learn to maintain your stance.On Wednesday, Schumer stated, "You learn to not take things personally," adding that Jeffries "exemplifies all these traits."

The two leaders reside in adjacent neighborhoods just a few blocks apart.

After serving in the House for a decade, Jeffries made his formal campaign announcement on November 18. He promised to lead a caucus that would give junior lawmakers more control over legislation and reward them with high-profile positions.

When asked how he would collaborate with Republicans, Jeffries stated, "Our commitment is always to extend the hand of partnership whenever and wherever it is possible, in order to get things done for everyday Americans."

Representative Katherine Clark, 59, of Massachusetts, was also elected as part of Jeffries' team. Clark won the No.2 Democratic position, the "whip" position.Pete Aguilar, a 43-year-old Californian who is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, was elected to succeed Jeffries as Democratic caucus chairman.

As a result of their victories, women and people of color now hold the top three party positions for the first time in either party.

Pelosi said in a statement congratulating the trio, "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."

As a result of the midterm elections on Nov. 8, Republicans are expected to gain majority control of the House by a narrow margin, which coincides with the Democratic leadership change.

Democrats have been warned by Republicans and their leader, Kevin McCarthy, who wants to be speaker, that they will start investigating administration officials, President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.

Despite the fact that Republicans made addressing inflation the central focus of their congressional campaigns in 2022, they have said little about it since.

Pelosi, who is 82 years old, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who is 83 years old, and Majority Whip James Clyburn, who is 82 years old, have held the three House Democratic leadership positions for two decades.

For a number of years, they have been under pressure to give way to a younger generation.After Republicans won the majority, Democrats were buoyed by the fact that they did not receive the "red wave" of victories they had anticipated.

A seamless transfer of power resulted from their agreements to step down.On Wednesday, reporters could hear the room's loud celebrations outside the closed-door meeting.

After the vote, Representative Emanuel Cleaver told reporters, "Hakeem Jeffries spent a fourth of his time praising the GOAT (greatest of all time), Nancy Pelosi." He was referring to Jeffries' remarks to his coworkers prior to the vote.

According to Cleaver, an ordained minister, members of the caucus "were on their feet, like at church" to celebrate Jeffries' election, "who I call the hip-hop juggernaut," as the winner.Jeffries organizes an annual "Hip Hop on the Hill" fundraising event and is well-known as a music fan.

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