Congressman Launches Bid to Replace Pelosi as Top House Democrat

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) has announced a bid for the top Democrat position in the 118th Congress, which would make him the successor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, announced his bid on Nov. 18 in a letter to Democrat colleagues (pdf).

Democrats are projected to be in the minority starting January 2023, when new members are being sworn in, after Republicans flipped key seats in the midterm elections.

If elected minority leader, Jeffries said, “I hope to lead an effort that centers our communication strategy around the messaging principle that values unite, issues divide.”

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