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Hakeem Jeffries to make formal bid to become House Democratic leader, sources say

Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York will formally run for House Minority Leadership on Friday, according to people familiar with his plans. The expected formal announcement comes a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 82, becomes the longest serving party leader in history. announced that she was not seeking a leadership role In the next Congress when the Democrats will be in the minority.

Jeffries, who represents New York’s 8th District in Brooklyn, currently chairs the Democratic caucus, the fifth-highest Democrat in the House of Representatives.

House Democratic leadership elections will take place on November 30th. To be elected minority leader, a candidate must be present and receive a majority of the votes from those voting.

If Jeffries is elected leader, he will be the first black member of Congress to lead the party in Congress.

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House Democratic Caucus Speaker Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) leaves a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, November 17, 2022.

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Rep. Catherine Clarke and Rep. Pete Aguilar are two other Democrats who could name themselves for leadership positions.

“It’s time for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucuses,” Pelosi said Thursday.

The 83-year-old majority leader, Steny Hoyer, the second-highest Democrat in the House, announced on Thursday that he would not seek the leadership position, beginning the current battle for control. Hoyer endorses the role of Jeffries.

Minority Whip Jim Cliburn, also 82, said Thursday he will support the next generation of leaders, including Jeffries, Clarke and Aguilar.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) with House Democratic Conference Speaker Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) after Pelosi’s speech at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., November 17, 2022. have a talk

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Pelosi has served in the House of Representatives since 1987 and has been the leader of the Democratic Party since 2002. She first became chairman in 2007, the first woman to hold the position. After the Democrats lost their majority in 2011, she assumed the minority leadership position, but when the Democrats regained their majority in 2019, she became the first person to regain the chairmanship. became.

Unlike other leadership positions, the speaker must be elected by a majority of all 435 members of the House of Representatives, not just members of the majority party. Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who bid to become the next chairman, would need at least 218 votes if all 435 lawmakers attended the election. estimated slim majority.

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