He’s the Democrats’ new Nancy Pelosi: Hakeem Jeffries – Opinion

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Peter Burghardt and Fabian Fellman, Washington

Hakeem Jeffries is the first black faction leader in the US House of Representatives: The Democratic delegation elected him their new leader on Wednesday. She chose not to vote, and the 52-year-old New Yorker received the group’s blessing by acclamation, a nice sign given the historical significance of this act: For the first time, an African American has taken over the office at the head of a congressional group, 246 years after the Declaration of Independence, 159 years after the end of slavery and 152 years after the introduction of voting rights for African Americans.

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