The Latest: NY Rep. Hakeem Jeffries new Dem caucus chairman
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House Democrats’ leadership elections (all times local):
House Democrats have elected Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York as their caucus chairman.
Lawmakers are elevating the 48-year-old member of the Congressional Black Caucus as a new generation of leaders pushes to the forefront.
The tight race was tight, with the vote 123-113 over Rep. Barbara Lee of California, another influential member of the Black Caucus.
Lee made her pitch during House Democrats’ closed session on the leadership. She drew on the record number of women, including minority women, who ran for office and are entering the new Congress.
Nancy Pelosi is heading into House Democratic leadership elections in an unusual position: She’s running unopposed.
That’s not the plan envisioned by those trying to oust her as party leader as they pledged to usher in a new era. But one by one, Pelosi has picked off the would-be challengers and smoothed the skeptics.
Pelosi still lacks the vote tally she’ll need in January to become the House speaker when the new Congress convenes. Democrats could face a floor fight as opponents try again to topple her.
House Democrats, who will hold the majority in the change come January, are meeting Wednesday to elect a leadership team.