The Democrats in the House of Representatives of the US Congress are about to choose Hakeem Jeffries as their leader to replace Nancy Pelosi, who announced on December 17 that she will retire from her post, Reuters reported.
In this way, the baton of leadership will be passed to a younger generation and the Pelosi era will be brought to an end. Currently, the top three Democratic leadership positions in the House of Representatives are held by people who are over the age of 80 – House Speaker Pelosi is 82, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is 83, and House Speaker Majority Leader James Clyburn is 82.
The change in Democratic leadership comes as Republicans are set to take control of the House on Jan. 3 after winning a majority in the House in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, though not as large as they had hoped.
Jeffries, 52, is vying to become House Democratic leader for the next two years. If elected, as expected, he would become the first black congressman to hold a top party leadership post in the House or Senate.