Nancy Pelosi, the longtime California representative who has served as Speaker of the House since 2019, stepped down earlier this month, clearing the way for a new figure to take the mantle. Pelosi has led the Democratic Party for 20 years but said in her parting remarks she believes “the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus.”
Just after the Pelosi news hit the presses, rumors began to swirl about a possible replacement. Names of other prominent members of the House of Representatives were thrown out, perhaps most vocally: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a lawmaker from New York who has served in the chamber since 2013. Today, rumor became reality, as Democrats elected Jeffries their leader in the House.
In inheriting the seat of Democratic Leadership, Jeffries makes history, becoming the first ever person of color to do so.
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