A New York Democrat is the first black party leader in Congress

The 52-year-old congressman Hakeem Jeffries, the New York Democratic representative in the Lower House, yesterday became the first black leader of a political formation in the United States Congress.

Jeffries came to the Chamber in 2013, and since 2019 he has held the presidency of the caucuses or Democratic group, in charge of coordinating training, setting its priorities and establishing its discipline.


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The New York representative replaces in the Democratic leadership who had been exercising it for two decades, Nancy Pelosi, who at 82 years old announced her retirement from the position on December 17.

The veteran parliamentarian, affected by the recent attack on her husband by an ultra who attacked him with a hammer in the family home in San Francisco, stressed in making the announcement the need for a “generational change” that Jeffries is now coming to substantiate in part. Pelosi, however, will keep her California seat and has just been named Speaker Emeritus of the Lower House.


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Nancy Pelosi, during the speech in which she announced her resignation from the position of Democratic leader in the House of Representatives

The Democratic group will have as number two Katherine Clark, 59 years old and representative of Massachusetts. The third place in the ranking, the one she had been occupying as president of the caucuses Democrat, will go to California lawmaker Pete Aguilar, 43.

The appointments come to refresh the leadership of Joe Biden’s party just over a month after Congress materializes its renewal in January after the mid-term elections on November 8.