NY Rep. Hakeem Jeffries vying to become House Democratic Leader

NEW YORK (PIX11) — U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, announced his candidacy Friday to be the next House Democratic Leader, one day after longtime leader Nancy…

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NY Rep. Hakeem Jeffries vying to become House Democratic
Leader

NEW YORK (PIX11) — U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, announced his candidacy Friday to be the next House Democratic Leader, one day after longtime leader Nancy Pelosi said that her historic run was coming to an end.

In a four-page letter to colleagues obtained by PIX11 News, Jeffries requesting backing in his bid.

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"Today, I write to humbly ask for your support for the position of House Democratic Leader as
we once again prepare to meet the moment," wrote Jeffries in the letter, dated Friday.

Jeffries, who has represented New York's 8th Congressional District since 2013, laid out his case for the position in the letter, citing in part his "track record of leadership experience" as chair of the House Democratic Caucus. He went on to state three "operating principles" for his candidacy, starting with empowering each Democratic representative.

"To further unleash our talent and ability in the most powerful fashion possible, the entire team should be on the playing field and put in position to elevate our individual strengths, interests and areas of expertise," wrote Jeffries.

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