WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following Representative Hakeem Jeffries’s selection to succeed Nancy Pelosi as Democratic House Leader, People For the American Way incoming President and CEO Svante Myrick released the following statement:
“This is a historic moment for Congress and the nation, and a personal moment of joy. I’ve known Rep. Jeffries for almost eight years, and he is the real deal. Hakeem has been a tireless public servant and champion for civil rights throughout his career. From one New Yorker to another, I am thrilled for him and the generational and cultural shift his election represents. I know his leadership will open up an exciting and positive new chapter for Congress and the country.
At the same time, I want to thank Houser Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her incredible service over the years. Speaker Pelosi has been a trailblazer and a tower of strength in the House and a good friend to People For. We will always be grateful for her leadership and her friendship.”
Myrick notes that as Congress continues to address urgent issues including the Respect for Marriage Act, the climate crisis, and ongoing threats to democracy, voices like that of Rep. Jeffries will provide much-needed wisdom, diversity, and vitality. People For looks forward to working constructively with Rep. Jeffries to protect our freedoms and strengthen our communities.
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People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: https://www.pfaw.org.