A historic vote is set for Wednesday afternoon to give House Democrats their first Black leader.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is a graduate of New York City Public Schools.
The 52-year-old Brooklynite is 30 years younger than Nancy Pelosi, who he will replace.
During his decade in the House, Jeffries has found a way to unite liberal and moderate Democrats.
He is a champion of charter schools, is pro-Israel, and has also pushed for police reforms and legalizing marijuana.
Jeffries recently spoke on CNN about the midterms, where Republicans won the House but with a much smaller majority than polls predicted.
“But the future is encouraging, is bright coming out of these midterm elections, where extremism was rejected, election denialism was rejected. And we’re looking forward to a moment of continuing to be able to make progress for everyday Americans all across the country,” Jeffries.
Jeffries’ upcoming leadership role will also be historic because his counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, is also from Brooklyn.