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Hakeem Jeffries
HakeemJeffries.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 8
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJerrold Nadler (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,405,685
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 57
2007 - 2013
Education
Bachelor'sState University of New York at Binghamton, 1992
Master'sGeorgetown University, 1994
J.D.New York University Law School, 1997
Personal
Birthday1970
Place of birthCrown Heights, NY
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$224,006
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Hakeem Jeffries (b. 1970) is a Democratic member who won election to U.S. House representing the 8th Congressional District of New York.

Biography

Jeffries' professional experiences include administration; clerk; associate; and assistant general counsel.

Jeffries earned a BS in political science from State University of New York at Binghamton; Master's in public policy from Georgetown University; and a JD from New York University Law School. He and his wife Kennisandra, have two children.[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Jeffries serves on the following committees:[2]

New York Assembly

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jeffries served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jeffries served on the following committees:

Issues

Legislation

Jefferies is an outspoken supporter of redistricting reform and in 2011 sponsored Assembly Bill 3432 that would 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.

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.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: New York's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

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.[4] He was unopposed in the Working Families Party primary. Jeffries faced Alan Bellone (R) and Colin Beavan (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election. Jeffries won re-election in November.[5]

With Ed Towns (D) retiring, Jeffries and Brooklyn councilman Charles Barron sought the party nod in the June 26 Democratic primary. The winner faces Alan Bellone in the November general election, but the 8th is heavily Democratic,[6] so the winner of the Democratic primary will likely be the next 8th district representative.[7]

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 is a controversial figure prone to outspoken comments.[8] A former Black Panther, Barron has expressed a desire to "go up to the closest white person and... slap him," and has said Israel is "the world's greatest terrorist."[7] These and other similar comments worried the Democratic establishment about Barron's potential to alienate people on the national scale.[8]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), among others, denounced Barron's "anti-Israel" stance.[9]

Jeffries, on the other hand, had widespread support from the other New York representatives in the U.S. House, along with greater campaign coffers.[8]

On the issues, the two candidates had some variance. Jeffries worked to legalize same-sex marriage at the state level, while Barron opposes gay marriage. And in contrast to Barron's stated views on Israel, Jeffries has visited Israel as part of a community relations group.[8]

Barron unabashedly stuck to his statements, even if they are viewed as alienating and controversial. Despite his abrasive remarks, however, he is admitted by many to be charming.[8] Jeffries takes an opposite approach, seeking to unite a broad range of people. Rep. Yvette Clarke, among others, sees Jeffries as a rising star.[8]

The AFSCME local DC37, the state's largest public employee union, threw their weight behind Barron.[7] Jeffries gathered endorsements from smaller unions.[8]

U.S. House, New York District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHakeem Jeffries 77.9% 184,038
     Republican Alan Bellone 7.5% 17,650
     Green Colin Beavan 1% 2,441
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 13.6% 32,163
Total Votes 236,292
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

2010

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.[10] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he ran on the Working Familes ticket.

New York State Assembly, District 57 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Hakeem Jeffries (D) 25,899
Francis Voyticky (R) 652

2008

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.[11]

New York State Assembly, District 57 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Hakeem Jeffries (D) 39,992
Charles Brickous (R) 801

Endorsements

2012

Jeffries was endorsed by the United Auto Workers, several SEIU locals, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and MoveOn.org, among others.[12]

Campaign donors

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.[13]

Hakeem Jeffries's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 8) Won $1,405,685
Grand Total Raised $1,405,685

Individual breakdown

2012

Breakdown of the source of Jeffries' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Jeffries won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Jeffries' campaign committee raised a total of $1,405,685 and spent $1,361,037.[14]

2010

In 2010, Jeffries received $173,002 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[15]

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

2008

In 2008, a year in which Jeffries was up for re-election, he collected $151,188 in donations.[16]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
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

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Jeffries missed 1 of 102 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 1.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Jeffries' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $88,012 to $360,000. That averages to $224,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[18]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jerrold Nadler
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 8
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New York Assembly District 57
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Walter T. Mosley III (D)