U.S. House Democrats make history electing first Black party leader in Congress

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, of New York, is a ‘turning point in the history of the United States Congress,’ Schumer says

By: - November 30, 2022 12:26 pm
new U.S. House Democratic leadership team

The new U.S. House Democratic leadership team in the next Congress takes questions from reporters at a Nov. 30, 2022, press conference at the U.S. Capitol. From left to right are U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, elected as whip; U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, elected as Democratic leader; and U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar of California, elected as conference chair. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

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Jennifer Shutt
Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.