Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., who was elected leader of the House Democratic Caucus for the next Congress, held a press conference on Wednesday with Rep. Catherine Clark, D-Mass., and Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., who were also elected to leadership positions. Jeffries, the first nonwhite party leader in Congress, praised his predecessor Nancy Pelosi as “an extraordinary speaker for the ages.”
HAKEEM JEFFRIES: Good afternoon, everyone. It's an honor to stand before you today as the incoming House Democratic leader for the 118th Congress that will convene on January 3 and to be joined by my two good friends, amazing colleagues and partners-- the incoming House Democratic Whip Catherine Clark and the incoming Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar.
I also want to convey my thanks to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an extraordinary Speaker for the ages who has delivered so much for so many over such a significant period of time. Our caucus is better, our country is better, the world is better because of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's incredible leadership.