The House Democratic Caucus has elected Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., to lead their caucus.

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As House minority leader, Jeffries will become the first Black person to lead a major political party in Congress

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He is among a new slate of leaders elected Wednesday to lead House Democrats in the next session of Congress, including Rep

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Katherine Clark, D-Mass., as Jeffries' No. 2, and Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., as the third-ranking leader

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Jeffries, 52, who ran unopposed, is 30 years younger than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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Pelosi announced earlier this month she would remain in Congress, but not run for the leadership post

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Pelosi praised the leadership team following the caucus election Wednesday, saying the new leaders will "reinvigorate our Caucus with their new energy, ideas and perspective."

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At a press conference following the vote, Jeffries noted how his confirmation landed on the birthday of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress

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