WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday chose a new generation of leaders, along with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is the first African-American to lead one of the traditional parties in Congress, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team fell apart.
In a rare show of party unity after losing seats in the recent midterm elections, the Democratic caucus transitioned seamlessly from one leader to another to elect a 52-year-old New Yorker who vowed to “get things done.” vowed even if the Republicans had won. camera control. The vote behind closed doors was unanimous and by acclamation.
“We have inherited a grave responsibility,” Jeffries told reporters on the eve of a party rally. “And as a result of the gravity and seriousness of the moment the best thing we can do is move forward and do the best we can for the good of the people.”
It is unusual for the losing party to rally so easily in the midterms, in contrast to the chaos among Republican winners, who are finding it difficult to rally around leader Kevin McCarthy as he prepares to take control of Congress when the new session begins. Huh. In January.
Jefferies and other leaders in the Democratic caucus were unopposed, and each election was followed by applause.
The trio, headed by Jefferies, who will be leader of the Democratic minority in the new Congress, is also made up of Massachusetts, 59-year-old Katherine Clark, as “the whip”, the person who enforces discipline; and Pete Aguilar, 43, from California, who will preside over block meetings. He will replace Pelosi and his lieutenants, Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn, as the octogenarian leader makes way for a new generation.
But in many ways the transition to daylight has been gradual, as one contributor noted: Jefferies, Clark and Aguilar have served in second-tier leadership duties for many years. Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House, has led Democratic lawmakers for 20 years, and is given the title of “Speaker Emeritus” by her colleagues.
“This is an important moment for the bloc, for a new generation of leaders to take over,” Rep. Chris Pappas said before the vote.