New York, NY, November 30, 2022 – The American Jewish Congress warmly congratulates Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a friend of our organization, on becoming the new Democratic leader in the House of Representatives. Following his approval by acclamation from the Democratic caucus, Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress, commented:
“Having known Rep. Jeffries for many years, I can say that House Democrats could not have made a better choice about who to succeed Speaker Pelosi at the helm of the party. Throughout his political career, Hakeem has shown to be a determined supporter of the Jewish people – one who has never hesitated to call out antisemitism and all those seeking to harm Jews. He has been a strong and vocal Israel advocate, and someone not afraid to put progress over party. 
As the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Jeffries’ vision and capacity to work with different facets of his party has been unparalleled – underscoring his ability to keep Democrats together. At the same time, he has been able to reach across the aisle and work with the GOP on fundamental issues that affect all American citizens, exemplifying the key skills that a leader needs to have to work in a bipartisan fashion and succeed in this mission.
As an organization, we have witnessed Rep. Jeffries’ climb to new heights, and his election as Democratic leader is a testament to his leadership, his resolve, and the inspiration he lays to members on both sides of the aisle. We wish him success in the challenges ahead and we look forward to working together in the 118th Congress on issues critical to the Jewish community and all Americans.”

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