New York congressman Hakeem Jeffries is likely to succeed Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is poised to succeed Speaker Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader next year.
If selected by members, Jeffries would become the first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress.
Jeffries, a Brooklyn native, served in the New York State Assembly before joining Congress in 2013. 

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the 52-year-old New York lawmaker poised to succeed Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House Democratic caucus in the 118th Congress, on Friday officially announced his intention to seek the post.

In a letter to his colleagues, Jeffries spoke highly of Pelosi’s tenure while also promoting a theme of unity, calling the caucus “the most authentic representation of the gorgeous mosaic of the American people.”

With Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina also stepping aside from their current leadership roles, Jeffries is set to become one of the most prominent figures in the…

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