|U.S. House, New York, District 8|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Jerrold Nadler (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$7.40 in 2012|
|New York State Assembly District 57|
|2007 - 2013|
|Bachelor's||State University of New York at Binghamton, 1992|
|Master's||Georgetown University, 1994|
|J.D.||New York University Law School, 1997|
|Birthday||August 4, 1970|
|Place of birth||Crown Heights, NY|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 4.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
In 2014, Jeffries won re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of New York. Jeffries ran uncontested for the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. He defeated Alan Bellone (Conservative) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Jeffries is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Jeffries earned a B.S. in political science from State University of New York at Binghamton, a master's in public policy from Georgetown University and a J.D. from New York University Law School.
Jeffries' professional experience includes work as an administrator, clerk, associate and assistant general counsel.
Jeffries serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Budget
- Committee on Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
New York Assembly
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jeffries served on the following committees:
- Banks Committee, New York State Assembly
- Codes Committee, New York State Assembly
- Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, New York State Assembly
- Correction Committee, New York State Assembly
- Housing Committee, New York State Assembly
- Judiciary Committee, New York State Assembly
- Subcommittee on Banking in Underserved Communities
- Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama
- Subcommittee on Transitional Services
- Subcommittee on Trust and Estates
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jeffries served on the following committees:
- Banks Committee, New York Assembly
- Subcommittee on Banking in Underserved Communities
- Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, New York Assembly
- Correction Committee, New York Assembly
- Housing Committee, New York Assembly
- Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama
- Subcommittee on Trust and Estates
- Judiciary Committee, New York Assembly
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Jeffries's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Jeffries voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Jeffries voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Jeffries voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Jeffries voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Jeffries voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Jeffries voted for HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Jeffries voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Jeffries has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Jeffries voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Jefferies was an outspoken supporter of redistricting reform and in 2011 sponsored Assembly Bill 3432, which would have set up an independent redistricting commission. Currently the process falls to the legislature with the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) serving in an advisory capacity. The bill died in committee.
During the redistricting process following the 2000 census, Jeffries was drawn out of his district in order to hurt his primary challenge to an incumbent, a story which was featured in the documentary Gerrymandering.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Jeffries is a Moderate Liberal. Jeffries received a score of 73 percent on social issues and 28 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Opposes|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Opposes||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Favors||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Opposes|
|Support & expand free trade||Unknown||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Favors|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Favors||Expand the military||Unknown|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Strongly Opposes|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
In 2014, Jeffries won re-election to the U.S. House to represent New York's 8th District. Jeffries ran uncontested for the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. He defeated Alan Bellone (Conservative) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, New York District 8 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Hakeem Jeffries Incumbent||81.1%||71,280|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.|
In 2012, Jeffries ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, for New York's 8th District. He faced Charles Barron in the June 26 Democratic primary. He was unopposed in the Working Families Party primary. Jeffries faced Alan Bellone (R) and Colin Beavan (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Jeffries won election in November.
Barron fought back from a fundraising disadvantage and gained an endorsement from the state's largest public employees union, as well as the nod from the retiring incumbent, Ed Towns. This worried many Democrats, as Barron was a controversial figure prone to outspoken comments. A former Black Panther, Barron expressed a desire to "go up to the closest white person and... slap him," and said Israel was "the world's greatest terrorist." These and other similar comments worried the Democratic establishment about Barron's potential to alienate people on the national scale.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), among others, denounced Barron's "anti-Israel" stance.
On the issues, the two candidates had some variance. Jeffries worked to legalize same-sex marriage at the state level, while Barron opposed gay marriage. Furthermore, In contrast to Barron's stated views on Israel, Jeffries visited Israel as part of a community relations group.
Barron unabashedly stuck to his statements, even if they were viewed as alienating and controversial. Despite his abrasive remarks, however, he was admitted by many to be charming. Jeffries took an opposite approach, seeking to unite a broad range of people. Rep. Yvette Clarke, among others, saw Jeffries as a rising star.
|U.S. House, New York District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
|U.S. House, New York District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012|
- See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010
Jeffries ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Francis Voyticky (R) in the general election on November 2. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he ran on the Working Familes ticket.
|New York State Assembly, District 57 2010|
|Hakeem Jeffries (D)||25,899|
|Francis Voyticky (R)||652|
On November 4, 2008, Jeffries won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 57, defeating opponent Charles Brickous (R).
Jeffries raised $151,188 for his campaign while Brickous raised $0.
|New York State Assembly, District 57 2008|
|Hakeem Jeffries (D)||39,992|
|Charles Brickous (R)||801|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Jeffries attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Jeffries is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Jeffries raised a total of $1,405,685 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.
|Hakeem Jeffries's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 8)||$1,405,685|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,405,685|
|Hakeem Jeffries (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$44,651.00||$116,395.15||$(62,785.21)||$98,260.94|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$98,260.00||$174,123.10||$(65,852.71)||$206,530.39|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$206,530.39||$147,841.00||$(55,221.94)||$299,149.45|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$299,149||$135,509||$(58,785)||$369,272|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$369,272.92||$160,001.00||$(63,463.93)||$465,809.99|
|Pre-Primary (amended)||July 15, 2014||$465,809.99||$75,930.00||$(43,430.45)||$498,309.54|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$498,309.54||$48,060.00||$(39,400.36)||$506,969.18|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$506,969.18||$181,480.00||$(163,143.05)||$525,306.13|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$525,306.13||$10,910.00||$(17,342.65)||$518,873.48|
Cost per vote
Jeffries spent $7.40 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New York District 8, 2012 - Hakeem Jeffries Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$7,633|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$7,436|
|Top contributors to Hakeem Jeffries's campaign committee|
|Paul, Weiss et al||$65,000|
|Mid Manhattan PAC||$18,800|
|National Amusements Inc||$18,700|
|Cleary, Gottlieb et al||$12,950|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$108,300|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
In 2010, Jeffries received $173,002 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Hakeem Jeffries's campaign in 2010|
|People For Jeffries||$22,922|
|New York State Trial Lawyers||$4,800|
|Council Of School Supervisors & Administrators||$4,800|
|New York State United Teachers||$3,800|
|1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East||$3,800|
|Total Raised in 2010||$173,002|
In 2008, a year in which Jeffries was up for re-election, he collected $151,188 in donations.
The major contributors were:
|New York state Trial Lawyers||$3,800|
|1199 SEIU United Health care Workers East||$3,800|
|G & L Consulting LLC||$3,800|
|Prestige Strategic Communications LLC||$3,500|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Jeffries' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $103,013 and $410,000. That averages to $256,556.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Jeffries ranked as the 185th most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Jeffries' calculated net worth increased by an average of 15 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Hakeem Jeffries Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||15%|
|Average annual growth:||15%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Jeffries received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.
From 2011-2014, 35.94 percent of Jeffries' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Hakeem Jeffries Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$140,900|
|% total in top industry||16.02%|
|% total in top two industries||22.24%|
|% total in top five industries||35.94%|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Jeffries most often votes with:
Jeffries least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Jeffries missed 29 of 1,120 roll call votes from January 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.6 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Jeffries ranked 66th in the liberal rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Jeffries voted with the Democratic Party 95.4 percent of the time, which ranked 19th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.
Jeffries voted with the Democratic Party 94.9 percent of the time, which ranked 58th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Jeffries and his wife, Kennisandra, have two children.
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- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
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- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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- Politico, "2012 Election Map, New York," accessed November 7, 2012
- New York Times, "In Brooklyn, a Longtime Provocateur Surges in a Primary Race for Congress," accessed June 15, 2012
- Fox News, "Democrats Nervous About Possible Towns' Sucessor," accessed June 15, 2012
- Politico, "Gillibrand rebukes Charles Barron," accessed June 15, 2012
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- Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
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- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Hakeem Jeffries"
- Open Secrets, "Tim Bishop (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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- GovTrack, "Hakeem Jeffries," accessed August 5, 2014
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- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
|U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 8
| Succeeded by|
|New York Assembly District 57
| Succeeded by|
Walter T. Mosley III (D)
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