Sat. Nov 26th, 2022

A day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would step down, House Democrats appear likely to pick New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, in a historic move to elect the first black American to lead the party in Congress.

Jeffries has promised to create inclusive leadership as Democrats return to majority status in the House of Representatives, which Republicans took control of in the midterm elections.

“The House Democratic Caucus is the most authentic representation of the magnificent mosaic of the American people,” Jeffries said in a letter to colleagues.

“I am writing to humbly ask for your support for the position of Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives as we once again prepare to meet the moment.”

Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Rep. Pete Aguilar of California — who worked together as a junior leadership team — all quickly wrote to colleagues with their bids for first, second and third House Democratic leadership.

House Democrats will meet behind closed doors as a caucus in two weeks to choose their members.

So far, Hakeem Jeffries, Katherine Clark and Pete Aguilar have no challengers listed.

Pelosi told reporters that she would not make any grants, believing that it is better not to “anoint” new leaders, but to give them the confidence to rise up on their own.