New York congressman Hakeem Jeffries has been elected the new US House of Representatives Democratic leader.
US House Democrats elect Jeffries leader
Hakeem Jeffries has been unanimously elected to become the Democratic Party’s top leader in the United States House of Representatives beginning in January, making him the first black person to hold such a high-ranking position in Congress.
The vote by Jeffries’ fellow Democrats also marked the rise of a younger generation of leaders in the 435-member House and the end of the Nancy Pelosi era.
In 2007 she became the first woman to be elected House Speaker.
Jeffries, a 52-year-old New Yorker, will hold the position of House Democratic leader for the 118th Congress that convenes on January 3.