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Brooklyn Bar Association congratulates Hakeem Jeffries on becoming House Minority Leader

December 2, 2022 Rob Abruzzese
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With the news that U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries was elected as House Minority Leader, the Brooklyn Bar Association offered the Congressman a big of congratulations Thursday.

“The Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) celebrates the historic election of Brooklyn’s own Representative Hakeem Jeffries as House Minority Leader.

“On Nov. 30, 2022, Congressman Jeffries, who was raised in Crown Heights, became the first African-American to lead a party in Congress. He attended New York City public schools, earned his bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, graduated magna cum laude from New York University Law School, and holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. Prior to being elected to Congress in 2012, he served three terms in the New York State Assembly. In addition to his many accomplishments, in 2019, then BBA President Frank Carone presented Congressman Jeffries with an award at the BBA Annual Dinner.

“Congressman Jeffries succeeds another trailblazer, longtime Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to be serve as Speaker of the House. He also now joins fellow Brooklynite Charles Schumer, who continues to lead the Senate. To borrow the words of Dodai Stewart, a reporter for The New York Times, Brooklyn is “Jewish, it’s Black, it’s Puerto Rican, Italian, Polish, Russian, German, Caribbean, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Central American, Yemeni, Turkish and much, much more” (“Brooklyn’s in the House. And the Senate.” The New York Times, Nov. 19, 2022). As Congressman Jeffries’ latest accomplishment illustrates, Brooklyn’s diversity serves the borough and the nation well. Congratulations, Mr. Jeffries!”

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