Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries Elected New House Democratic Leader

Published on November 30, 2022


(Washington D.C.) November 30 – The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) congratulates Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries on his election to become the new House Democratic Leader. As the first Black leader of any major political party caucus in Congress, this is truly a defining moment in American history. Jeffries will assume his role when the 118th Congress begins in January.

Chair Jeffries has been a phenomenal leader and tireless advocate throughout his time in Congress and a staunch defender of our democracy. He has fought for safer communities, the creation of jobs and affordable housing, and he continues to be a dedicated steward to his constituents in New York’s Eighth Congressional District.

“We look forward to working with the future Minority Leader to eliminate disparities, resolve inequities and provide real opportunity and transformational change to our communities led by AAMA mayors throughout the country. We must continue to elect Black leaders at every level of government, and we are confident that Minority Leader-elect Jeffries will work to give everyone a seat and a voice at the table,” said AAMA President and Mayor of Little Rock Frank Scott, Jr.


The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization dedicated to representing over 500 African American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.


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