by Joseph Weber and Nicholas Ballasy
House Democrats on Wednesday elected New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as the leader of their conference.
Jeffries in assuming the post becomes the first black American to head a major political party in Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted to the results of the House Democratic leadership election.
“Congratulations to Leader-designate Hakeem Jeffries, Whip-designate Katherine Clark and Chairman-designate Pete Aguilar! 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,” she said in a statement.
“Now, with the fullest confidence of our members, our new leaders are well-prepared to carry on Democrats’ fight for working families and defense of democracy. I am grateful to have served in the leadership of the magnificent House Democrats. I look forward to an orderly transition as we prepare for the 118th Congress,” she also said.
Jeffries is currently a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Aguilar, a California Democrat, is a member of many causes including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Pro-Choice Caucus and LGBT Equality Caucus. Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat and currently the assistant House speaker, serves as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and LGBT Equality Caucus among others.
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Joseph Weber comes to JusttheNews after covering national politics for Fox News since 2011. Nicholas Ballasy has been breaking news for more than a decade in the nation’s capital and questioning political leaders about the most pressing issues facing the nation.
Photo “Hakeem Jeffries” by Hakeem Jeffries.