House Democrats on Wednesday elected Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) as minority leader after he repeatedly denied the legitimacy of the 2016 election.
Jeffries, 52, a lawyer from Brooklyn, will now lead the House Democrats after Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stepped aside earlier this month to make way for a “new generation to lead the Democratic Caucus.”
Jeffries ran unopposed for the position and made history as one of the first election deniers to win a political party’s caucus in either chamber. Jeffries is also the first black congressman to become a minority leader.
The New York congressman was first elected to Congress in 2013 and has served as the chair of the House Democrat Caucus since 2019.
A new era for House Dems— w/ a changing of the leadership guard & preparing for life in the minority. “This is a moment of transition,” Jeffries told us last night….