Democrats poised to pick Hakeem Jeffries as Nancy Pelosi's successor
CNN —House Democrats appear likely to choose New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a potentially historic move to elect the first Black person to lead a party in Congress.
He became the chairman of the Democratic caucus in 2019, making him the youngest member serving in leadership.
“This is a moment right now to continue to celebrate Speaker Pelosi.”Jeffries seems to enjoy widespread support among the House Democratic caucus.
Before Pelosi’s announcement, Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty, the Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman, told CNN that she expected the caucus to throw their support behind Jeffries.
“If she steps aside, I’m very clear that Hakeem Jeffries is the person that I will be voting for and leading the Congressional Black Caucus to vote for,” Beatty said.
And Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, a former Congressional Progressive Caucus chair, also threw his weight behind Jeffries.
“Hakeem Jeffries came in my class and I’m a huge fan of Hakeem,” Pocan told CNN.
I think he’ll be an outstanding Leader.”For months, Democratic lawmakers have whispered that Pelosi’s potential exit from Congress could pave the way for Jeffries.
Some House Democrats have waited a long time to turn the page on the Pelosi era.
Pelosi, who will continue to serve in Congress representing San Francisco, will leave her successor with a greater than expected House minority following the 2022 midterm elections.
Asked about Pelosi’s decision, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer clutched his chest and said he had pleaded with her to stay.
“I told her when she called me and told me this and all that, I said, ‘Please change your mind.