Pelosi Officially Out

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia CommonsGage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Pelosi Officially Out

House Democrats on Wednesday elected Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) to be the next leader of the Democratic party. This is a large shift as Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who has been leading the party since 20 years ago, is now going to be stepping away. Jeffries is the first Black figure to lead either party in either chamber of Congress.

This shift did not come as a surprise, as Pelosi and her top deputies had announced that they would be stepping down and allowing a new generation of Democratic leaders to emerge. Jeffries, 52, is one of the three leaders that will be taking over.

Reps. Katherine Clark (Mass.) and Pete Aguilar (Calif.) are also set to be taking their place in the party leadership with Clark replacing Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.) as the second-ranking Democrat next year, and Aguilar replacing Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) at the No. 3 spot.

None of these three faced any opposition which made the proceedings move faster as there wasn’t an election to take place. Regardless of this, the event marked a big celebration for Democrats who are now welcoming their new leaders with the replacement of one historical figure, Pelosi, with another, Jeffries.

Pelosi noted that this new generation of leaders was a great representation of the diversity of Americans and it was bound to bring a lot of “new energy, ideas, and perspective,” to the party.

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