House Democrats elect Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as leader, the first Black person to lead congressional caucus

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House Democrats elect Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as leader, the first Black person to lead congressional caucus
House Democrats elect Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as leader, the first Black person to lead congressional caucus

Home Democrats elected their new management workforce Wednesday, ushering in a youthful technology of leaders after Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Chief Steny Hoyer determined to step apart after Democrats narrowly misplaced the bulk this month.

Pelosi, 82, of California, the primary feminine speaker of the Home, will go the torch to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., 52, who ran unopposed for minority chief and can make historical past as the primary Black lawmaker to guide a political get together’s caucus in both chamber.

“Right this moment, with immense pleasure, I stood in entrance of the Home Democratic Caucus as a candidate for Democratic Chief, and I’m eternally grateful for the belief my colleagues positioned in me with their votes,” Jeffries stated in an announcement.

Jeffries’ prime deputy might be Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., 59, a progressive who served below Jeffries as vice chair of the Democratic Caucus and rose to assistant speaker this Congress. She was elected minority whip, the get together’s prime vote counter.

Rounding out the trio of latest leaders is Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., 43, a Congressional Hispanic Caucus member and former mayor who was elected Democratic Caucus chairman — the position Jeffries has held for the previous 4 years.

The election of Jeffries, Clark and Aguilar represents a altering of the guard for Home Democrats who’ve seen the highly effective triumvirate of Pelosi, Hoyer, D-Md., 83, and Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., 82, occupy prime management posts for the previous twenty years.

“This can be a second of transition,” Jeffries advised a small group of reporters within the Capitol on Tuesday evening. “We stand on the shoulders of giants, however are additionally trying ahead to having the ability to do what’s essential at this second to advance the problems.”

Of the present “Huge Three” Democrats, solely Clyburn, the present majority whip, has opted to remain in management within the new Congress. He’ll run for the job of “assistant chief,” which has been thought of the No. 3 put up within the minority prior to now however will shift all the way down to the No. 4 job this Congress.

Clyburn’s determination annoyed some youthful members, who had hoped the brand new Congress would begin with a clear slate. And on Wednesday Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., 61, introduced a shock bid towards Clyburn for assistant chief; that election will happen Thursday.

In a letter to colleagues saying his run, Cicilline stated, “I believe it’s vital that the Home Democratic Management workforce absolutely replicate the range of our caucus and the American folks by together with an LGBTQ+ member on the management desk, which is why I’ve determined to run for Assistant Chief.”

One younger Democratic member who’s backing Cicilline expressed frustration Wednesday with Clyburn’s determination to run for management once more. “I believe it’s fairly ridiculous that Nancy needed to depart. … She was the simplest chief in historical past and I’m undecided why he [Clyburn] didn’t have to go away along with her,” the Democrat stated.

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