Hakeem Jeffries Wikipedia

Hakeem Jeffries
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from New York's 8th district
Assumed office

January 3, 2013
Preceded byJerrold Nadler
Member of the New York State Assembly

from the 57th district
In office

January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byRoger Green
Succeeded byWalter T. Mosley
Personal details
Born(1970-08-04) August 4, 1970 (age 43)

Brooklyn, New York
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York
Alma materNew York University School of Law (J.D.), Georgetown University (M.P.P.), Binghamton University (B.A.)
WebsiteRepresentative Hakeem Jeffries
Hakeem Sekou Jeffries (born August 4, 1970) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 8th congressional district in Brooklyn and Queens and is running again for the seat in 2014. Prior to that he was a corporate lawyer for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison then Viacom and CBS, before running for and serving in the New York State Assembly from 2007 to 2013, representing the 57th Assembly district.


      Education and law career

      Jeffries received his bachelor's in political science from Binghamton University with honors and graduated from New York University School of Law and obtained a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University He served as a clerk for Judge Harold Baer, Jr., then worked in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before becoming assistant litigator for Viacom and CBS.

      New York Assembly


      In 2000, he challenged incumbent Democratic Assemblyman Roger Green in the primary who defeated him 59 percent to 41 percent. In the general election, Jeffries ran on the Independence Party line, and Green defeated him again, this time 90 percent to his 7 percent.

      Two years later, after redistricting, his residence was put out of the 57th Assembly District. Jeffries claimed in the 2010 documentary film Gerrymandering that it was a retaliatory move (a charge denied by Green). He challenged Green again in the Democratic primary and lost again, by 24 points.

      In 2006 Green decided to retire from the Assembly in order to run for New York's 10th congressional district against incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Ed Towns. Jeffries ran for the 57th district again and won the Democratic primary, defeating Bill Batson and Freddie Hamilton 64 percent to 25 percent and 11 percent. In the general election, he handily defeated Republican nominee Henry Weinstein.

      Two years later, in 2008, he won re-election to a second term, defeating the Republican candidate Charles Brickhouse, with 98 percent of the vote. In 2010 he won re-election to a third term, easily defeating the Republican candidate Frank Voyticky.


      During his three years in the legislature he introduced over 70 bills during his service in legislative session. In response to a series of toy recalls, he introduced bill A02589, which would penalize retailers and wholesalers who knowingly sell to the public hazardous or dangerous toys that have been the subject of a recall.

      He also wrote and sponsored the hotly contested house bill A. 11177-A (now law) that eliminated the stop-and-frisk database used by police forces in New York City. He is a cautious supporter of Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project.

      Committee assignments

      • State House Committee on Banks
      • State House Committee on Codes
      • State House Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions
      • State House Committee on Correction
      • State House Committee on Housing
      • State House Committee on Judiciary
        • State House Subcommittee on Banking in Underserved Communities
        • State House Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama
        • State House Subcommittee on Transitional Services
        • State House Subcommittee on Trust and Estates

      U.S. House of Representatives


      Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012 § District 8
      Jeffries announced he would give up his seat to run in New York's 8th congressional district in 2012. The district had previously been the 10th, represented by 30-year incumbent Democrat Edolphus Towns. Jeffries expected to give Towns a strong challenge in the Democratic primary—the real contest in this heavily Democratic, black-majority district. However, Towns announced his retirement on April 16, leaving Jeffries to face city councilman Charles Barron in the Democratic primary.

      Representative Hakeem Jeffries
      On June 11, 2012, former Mayor Ed Koch, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Councilman David Greenfield, Assemblyman Dov Hikind gathered with several other elected officials to support Jeffries and denounce Barron. The officials described Barron as anti-Semitic and denounced his allegedly anti-Semitic statements, while also denouncing his support of Zimbabwe ruler Robert Mugabe and former Libya ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Barron responded that such attacks were a distraction from bread and butter issues.

      Green Party candidate Colin Beavan called on Jeffries to "get the money out of politics", noting that as of his March 2012 filing, "he had received about $180,000, or 35 percent of his funds, from Wall Street bankers and their lawyers”. Beaven added that Jeffries gets many campaign donations from charter school backers and hedge fund managers. After primary night, when asked about his two most important concerns, Jeffries replied eliminating the “crushing burden” of private religious school education costs.

      After out-raising him by hundreds of thousands of dollars, Jeffries defeated Barron in the primary election on June 26, 2012, 72 to 28 percent. The New York Daily News analyzed Jeffries' donations in the last weeks of the campaign and found almost 50 percent came from out of state. He went on to defeat Beavan and Republican Alan Bellone in the November general election with 71 percent of the vote, but not before boycotting a debate with the other candidates, saying that the presence of the Green Party and Republican candidates at the debate would "confuse" voters.


      On January 3, 2013, Jeffries was sworn into the 113th Congress. He is the first member of Congress with the given name Hakeem.

      He has opposed the Keystone XL pipeline, but also voted against an amendment that would have restrict sales of oil transported on the pipeline to within the United States.

      He hand-picked and backed Laurie Cumbo in the hotly-contested race for Brooklyn's 35th district city council seat, who moved into the district just prior to running. She became controversial for anti-semitic comments she made to explain a spate of attacks in Crown Heights.

      He endorsed Bill Thompson in the 2013 NYC mayoral race, saying that he was offended by Bill de Blasio's ad featuring stop and frisk claiming himself as the only candidate who would address, modify or reform stop and frisk:

      "In some ways, I'm offended by the notion that one individual, in a city of eight million people, after years and years and years of many of us, in the state legislature and the City Council, activists, marches that took place, including one on Father's Day, to get us to a point where all of the major mayoral candidates have said stop and frisk will be significantly reformed on their watch."

      His support of Thompson over de Blasio came in spite of Jeffries' own support of two policing bills, for independent inspector general for the police department and to allow for bias suits in state court, which de Blasio backed but Thompson did not. Jeffries explain the contradiction saying it made sense for Thompson, because he was running to be the city's top executive, not to support them.

      He and new Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson have supported each other's campaigns: They met while Jeffries was an intern at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District and Thompson was a prosecutor.

      On April 11, 2013, Jeffries introduced the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument Preservation Act (H.R. 1501; 113th Congress) into the United States House of Representatives. The bill would direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Prison Ship Martyr's Monument in Fort Greene Park in the New York City borough of Brooklyn as a unit of the National Park System (NPS). Jeffries said that "as one of America’s largest revolutionary war burial sites and in tribute to the patriots that lost their lives fighting for our nation’s independence, this monument deserves to be considered as a unit of the National Park Service."

      Committee assignments

      • Committee on the Budget
      • Committee on the Judiciary
        • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
        • Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law

      Personal life and family

      Despite having a Muslim first name, he is a Baptist.

      He is married to Kennisandra Arciniegas-Jeffries, a social worker with 1199 SEIU's Benefit Fund and two years his senior. They have two boys, Jeremiah (born 2002) and Joshua (born 2004) and live in Prospect Heights. Jeffries is also the nephew of CUNY professor Leonard Jeffries, Jr.

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