The U.S. House of Representatives looks to have a new but still strongly pro-LGBTQ+ group of Democratic leaders in its next session.Longtime equality champions Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and James Clyburn have announced they’re stepping down as speaker, majority leader, and majority whip, respectively.
With the Democrats being in the minority in the next Congress and therefore not having the speakership, those bidding to be the top three Dem leaders are Hakeem Jeffries as minority leader, Katherine Clark as minority whip, and Pete Aguilar as caucus leader.
All have strings of perfect 100 scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard. The Democratic caucus will vote on its leaders November 30 and December 1.Jeffries would be the first Black man to be a top party leader in either the House or Senate.
A House member since 2013, he represents New York’s Eighth Congressional District, which includes much of Brooklyn and part of Queens.