Hakeem Jeffries makes historic bid to lead House Dems post-Pelosi

The new generation wasted no time preparing for their positions after Pelosi announced that she would give up her position after leading House Democrats for 20 years.

WASHINGTON – A day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her resignation, Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York announced his own attempt to make history on Friday to become the first black American. leads a major U.S. political party in Congress as leader of the House Democrats.

Jeffries, 52, nodded to the “legendary figures” before him, Pelosi and her leadership team, and encouraged his colleagues to embrace this “once-in-the-mill opportunity” to continue continue to reach our full potential as a team. “

Jeffries vowed to create a comprehensive leadership that would include all members of the Democrats’ diverse caucus as the party strives to return to majority status in the House after Republicans won power. control in the midterm elections.

“The Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives is the most authentic representation of the beautiful mosaic of the American people,” Jeffries said in a letter to colleagues.

“I am writing to humbly request your support for the position of Leader of the Democratic Party in the House as we once again prepare to meet at this time.”

The new generation wasted no time preparing to take their place following Pelosi’s much-anticipated but still surprising announcement on Thursday that she would step down from her post after 20 years leading the Democratic Party. Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Not only Jeffries, but Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Representative Pete Aguilar of California—who had worked together as a low-level leadership group—all quickly wrote to colleagues. with their offers for the first, second and third Democratic leadership positions in the House.

The trio has been working in tandem for years, preparing for this moment, seeking to engineer a smooth transition as Pelosi and two other top Democratic majority leaders Steny Hoyer and Supporter Democrat James Clyburn of South Carolina stepped aside.

House Democrats will meet behind closed doors in two weeks, after the Thanksgiving break, to choose their members. So far, Jeffries, Clark and Aguilar have not had any opponents yet.

Pelosi told reporters she would not give any endorsements, believing it would be better not to “anoint” new leaders but let them rise confidently. But on Friday, she sincerely supported potential new leaders.

“With pride, gratitude, and confidence in their abilities, I salute President Hakeem Jeffries, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark and Vice President Pete Aguilar for their willingness and willingness to assume responsibility. this is great,” Pelosi said in her statement Friday.

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Edmund DeMarche

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