Hakeem Jeffries, who has represented New York’s 8th congressional district since 2013, will be the House’s top Democrat for at least the next two years.
At age 52, Jeffries will become the first African-American lawmaker to lead a party in either house of the US Congress.
“It is an honor to be elected the incoming House Democratic Leader,” he tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Ready to go to work”.
House Democrats also elected Katherine Clark of Massachusetts as party leader, and Pete Aguilar of California as chair of the House Democratic Caucus.
Democrats lost their majority status in the House to Republicans in this year’s midterm elections, but retained control of the Senate.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California congressman, is seeking to be the next House speaker.
Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell was re-elected as Senate Republican leader earlier this month.
Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York is expected to remain as Senate Majority Leader in the new Congress, which will meet for the first time on January 3, 2023. ■