Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative for New York

Hakeem Jeffries

U.S. Representative for New York

Hakeem Sekou Jeffries was born in August 1970 in Brooklyn, New York.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, earned a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School for Public Policy, and received a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law. He clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District  of New York before entering private practice. 

Jeffries spent six years as a member of the New York State Assembly before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he assumed office in January 2013. 

Jeffries is married to Kennisandra Arciniegas-Jeffries and they have two sons. He is a Baptist. 

In the News…

Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York has been officially voted in as the minority leader in the House of Representatives for the upcoming 118th Congress, serving for two years beginning in January 2023. 

Congressman Jeffries stated that becoming the first Black leader of a Congressional party was something he had not taken the opportunity to reflect upon, saying, “It would take away from having to make real-time decisions as we prepare to organize for the new Congress.” 

He added, “It’s a solemn responsibility that we are all inheriting, and the best thing that we can do as a result of the seriousness and solemnity of the moment is lean in hard and do the best… job that we can for the people.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Representative Jeffries today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries 
Representative for New York 
2433 Rayburn House Office Building 
Washington, DC 20515 


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