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Hakeem Jeffries Becomes The First Black Person To Lead A Major Political Party In The U.S.

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House Democrats have chosen Hakeem Jeffries of New York to lead the party in the next Congress, making him the first Black person to lead a major political party in the United States.

According to The Hill, Jeffries will succeed Nancy Pelosi, who recently announced her resignation as party leader after her husband was attacked in their home. After Pelosi and her top aides Jim Clyburn (S.C.) and Steny Hoyer (Md.) announced their resignations, Jeffries launched his bid for party leader almost immediately.

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Reps. Katherine Clark (Mass.) and Pete Aguilar (Calif.) were also elected to replace Hoyer and Clyburn. In a show of Democratic unity, none of the three were challenged.

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Jeffries, a graduate of Georgetown and New York University, said he hasn’t had much time to reflect on the historic significance of his leadership role, and that he’s currently focused on the party’s transition to the minority and “the solemn responsibility” he’s about to assume.

“The best thing we can do as a result of the gravity and solemnity of the situation is lean in hard and do the best damn job we can for people,” Jeffries told The Hill.

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Other Democrats, particularly those in the Congressional Black Caucus, including California Rep. Maxine Waters, praised Jeffries’ historic achievement.

“It sends a message to this country as an African American that it’s time for true diversity and inclusion.” And there are so many people of color who are capable, competent, and capable of leading,” Waters, a 32-year congressional veteran and highly influential Black Caucus member, told The Hill. “This will be a great image for people of color, for Black people and little Black boys to be able to aspire to such a position.”

With Jeffries poised to lead, the Democratic Party has turned Brooklyn, NY into a stronghold for the party, with fellow Brooklynite Charles Schumer (N.Y.) poised to remain the majority leader after Democrats maintained their upper-chamber majority in the Midterm Elections.

“I can’t wait to talk to my Brooklyn neighbor four or six times a day as I did with Speaker Pelosi,” the Senate majority leader remarked on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.

The leadership change comes after Democrats lost control of the House but performed far better than expected, leaving Republicans with a slim majority.

Since 2013, when he became co-chair of the party’s messaging group, the Brooklyn Democrat has quickly risen through the ranks of the party, eventually becoming chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

After announcing his intention to become party leader, he was quickly endorsed by Pelosi, Hoyer, and Clyburn.

 

 

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