When the Republicans take over the House of Representatives next year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to step down from her position as the party’s leader in the chamber may open the door for an intelligent, hip-hop-loving Brooklyn member of Congress to take over as the minority leader.
The fifth-ranking Democrat in the House, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, is known as one of the party’s most excellent communicators.
Jeffries, 52, is regarded as Pelosi’s potential successor because of her strong connections within the Democratic caucus.
Pelosi was the first woman to hold the office of House speaker. He would represent the first Black minority in the House as a leader.
The 82-year-old Californian Democratic powerhouse Pelosi did not mention Jeffries in a speech detailing her resignation on Thursday, but she stated that “the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus.”
The House Democratic Caucus chair, Jeffries, has not made his plans public, and his office has not yet responded to a request for an interview.
He tweeted, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the G.O.A.T. I appreciate what you’ve done for America.
But Jeffries’ route started to become evident almost immediately. Democratic House majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland announced in a statement that he would not run for minority leader.