Since Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that she will stand down from her position, Democrats in the House have been deliberating about their next leader.
In a rare display of party cohesion following their midterm election setbacks, House Democrats chose their new leader without a hitch. The vote behind closed doors was unanimous by acclamation.
Although numerous Democratic Party veterans are still in congress and there are also many newcomers, one congressman has stood out as a potential replacement for Pelosi, and this rumor has been confirmed.
Representative Katherine Clark, 59, of Massachusetts will serve as the party’s whip, and Representative Pete Aguilar, 43, of California will serve as caucus chairman, while Representative Hakeem Jeffries, of New York’s 8th congressional district, will now serve as Speaker.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries was approved as the leader of the House Democrats on Wednesday, making him the first black member to lead a political party. Even after Republicans took control of the House in the midterm elections of 2022, the 52-year-old New Yorker pledged to ‘get things done’
“It’s a solemn responsibility that we are all inheriting,” Jeffries told reporters on the eve of the party meeting. “And the best thing that we can do as a result of the seriousness and solemnity of the moment is lean in hard and do the best damn job that we can for the people.”
Jeffries will serve as minority leader when the 118th Congress convenes in January.
Pelosi and her senior lieutenants, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Democratic Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, are anticipated to be replaced by the new team of Democratic leaders, as the 80-year-old leaders make way for the next generation.
But in many respects, the trio has been transitioning in plain sight, as one aide described it — Jeffries, Clark, and Aguilar working with Pelosi’s blessing in lower-level leadership roles over the past several years while the first woman to have the gavel of the speaker’s office prepared to leave away. Pelosi, of California, has led the House Democrats for the last two decades, and her colleagues awarded her the honorary title’speaker emerita’ on Tuesday night.
“It an important moment for the caucus – that there’s a new generation of leadership,” said New Hampshire Representative Chris Pappas ahead of the vote.
The two new potential leaders of the House, Democrat Hakeem Jeffries and Republican Kevin McCarthy, are of the same generation but have little in the way of a relationship. In fact, the Democrat is known for hurling political jabs at the Republican from a distance, particularly over the GOP’s embrace of former President Donald Trump. During Trump’s first impeachment, Jeffries was the House’s manager.
Former President Trump is alive and well in Jeffries’ head as the Democrat stated, “We´re still working through the implications of Trumpism, and what it has meant, as a very destabilizing force for American democracy.” Jeffries said he hopes to find “common ground when possible” with Republicans but will “oppose their extremism when we must.”
Two New Yorkers are poised to dominate the Democratic leadership in Congress: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will join Representative Hakeem Jeffries on the opposite side of the Capitol. They reside around one mile apart in Brooklyn.
Jeffries, a more moderate figure among House Democrats, has occasionally been treated with mistrust by the party’s progressives.
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“There are going to be a group, in my judgment, of mainstream Republicans who are not going to want to go in the MAGA direction, and Hakeem´s the ideal type guy to work with them,” Schumer said. CONTINUE READING…