Congressman Hakeem Jeffries has proudly represented New York’s Eighth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives since taking office on January 3, 2013. The incredibly vibrant and diverse Eighth Congressional District encompasses neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Southwest Queens, including Bedford-Stuyvesant, Canarsie, East New York, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Coney Island and Ozone Park.
Congressman Jeffries was elected Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in 2018. In that capacity, he is the fifth highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. He is also the former Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus and previously co-chaired the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee where he helped develop the For The People agenda. Most recently, Congressman Jeffries served as an Impeachment Manager. Paying homage to his Brooklyn roots, Congressman Jeffries quoted The Notorious B.I.G. as he laid out House Democrats’ argument outlining the case against Trump.
In Congress, Congressman Jeffries has emerged as a tireless advocate for social and economic justice. He has worked hard to help residents impacted by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, reform our criminal justice system, improve the economy for everyday Americans and protect our health care from right-wing attacks.
Criminal justice reform is one of Hakeem’s top priorities. He successfully helped pass The First Step Act in December 2018, which he introduced with Republican Doug Collins from Georgia. The bipartisan act is the nation’s largest criminal justice reform bill in decades, helping thousands of Americans incarcerated and correcting many of the injustices they have faced within the federal prison system.
Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Jeffries served for six years in the New York State Assembly. Prior to his career in public service, Congressman Jeffries practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and served as litigation counsel for Viacom Inc. and CBS. Congressman Jeffries received his bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Binghamton, earned a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and graduated magna cum laude at New York University School of Law. Congressman Jeffries was born in Brooklyn, is a product of New York City’s public school system, and currently lives in Prospect Heights with his wife and two sons.