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Hakeem Jeffries
U.S. House, New York, District 8
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorJerrold Nadler (D)
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
Bachelor'sState University of New York at Binghamton, 1992
Master'sGeorgetown University, 1994
J.D.New York University Law School, 1997
Date of birthAugust 4, 1970
Place of birthCrown Heights, NY
Net worth$224,006
Office website
Campaign website
Hakeem Jeffries (b. August 4, 1970, in Crown Heights, New York) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 8th Congressional District. Jeffries was first elected to the House on November 6, 2012, and is currently serving his first term.[1]

Jeffries ran for re-election in New York's 8th Congressional District elections in 2014. He is a member of both the Committee on Budget as well as the Committee on Judiciary.

Jeffries previously was a member of the New York State Assembly from 2007 to 2013.[2]

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.[2]


Jeffries' professional experience includes administration, clerk, associate, and assistant general counsel.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Jeffries serves on the following committees:[3]

New York Assembly


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


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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[4] For more information pertaining to Jeffries's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security


Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Jeffries voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[6]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[7] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[6]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Jeffries voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[8] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[9]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[10] 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.[11] Jeffries voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[13] 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.[14]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Jeffries has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[17]

Social issues


Voted "No" 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[18]

Previous congressional sessions


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.[19]



See also: New York's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Jeffries ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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.[20] 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 re-election in November.[21]

With Ed Towns (D) retiring, Jeffries and Brooklyn councilman Charles Barron sought the party nod in the June 26 Democratic primary. The winner faced Alan Bellone in the November general election, but the 8th was heavily Democratic,[22] so the winner of the Democratic primary would likely be the next 8th District representative.[23]

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.[24] A former Black Panther, Barron expressed a desire to "go up to the closest white person and... slap him," and said Israel is "the world's greatest terrorist."[23] These and other similar comments worried the Democratic establishment about Barron's potential to alienate people on the national scale.[24]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), among others, denounced Barron's "anti-Israel" stance.[25]

Jeffries, on the other hand, had widespread support from the other New York representatives in the U.S. House, along with greater campaign coffers.[24]

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. And in contrast to Barron's stated views on Israel, Jeffries visited Israel as part of a community relations group.[24]

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.[24] Jeffries took an opposite approach, seeking to unite a broad range of people. Rep. Yvette Clarke, among others, saw Jeffries as a rising star.[24]

The AFSCME local DC37, the state's largest public employee union, threw their weight behind Barron.[23] Jeffries gathered endorsements from smaller unions.[24]

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"
U.S. House, New York District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHakee, Jeffries 71.9% 25,712
Charles Barron 28.1% 10,063
Total Votes 35,775


Jeffries was endorsed by the United Auto Workers, several SEIU locals, Assemblyman Vito Lopez and MoveOn.org, among others.[26]


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.[27] 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


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.[28]

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

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.[29]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jeffries’ reports.[30]


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.[40]

Cost per vote

Jeffries spent $7.40 per vote received in 2012.


In 2010, Jeffries received $173,002 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[41]


In 2008, a year in which Jeffries was up for re-election, he collected $151,188 in donations.[42]

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


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Jeffries is a "centrist Democratic follower," as of June 19, 2013.[43]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[44]

Jeffries most often votes with:

Jeffries least often votes with:

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.[45]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[46]

Hakeem Jeffries Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

Voting with party

June 2013

Hakeem Jeffries voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 58 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[47]


He and his wife Kennisandra, have two children.[2]

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  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Jeffries
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Jeffries' Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013
  7. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  8. Vote Smart, "Jeffries on agriculture", accessed October 7, 2013
  9. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Jeffries' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Jeffries' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 7, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Jeffries on abortion," accessed October 7, 2013
  19. Capital, "Hakeem Jeffries on Cuomo's redistricting promise, and whether Brooklyn Heights belongs in the 10th," October 26, 2011
  20. Politicker "Hakeem Jeffries Would Like Ed Towns’ Endorsement," April 16, 2012
  21. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  22. Sabato Crystal Ball "2012 House Ratings," June 13, 2012
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Fox News "Democrats Nervous About Possible Towns' Sucessor," June 15, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 New York Times "In Brooklyn, a Longtime Provocateur Surges in a Primary Race for Congress," June 15, 2012
  25. Politico "Gillibrand rebukes Charles Barron," June 15, 2012
  26. Hakeem Jeffries campaign website "Campaign News," Accessed June 18, 2012
  27. New York Times NY state legislative election results
  28. Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
  29. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Hakeem Jeffries" March 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Hakeem Jeffries Pre-General," accessed October 23, 2014
  40. Open Secrets "Hakeem Jeffries 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  41. followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  42. 2008 contributions to Hakeem Jeffries
  43. Gov Track "Hakeem Jeffries" Accessed June 19, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Hakeem Jeffries," Accessed August 6, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Hakeem Jeffreies" Accessed April 2013
  46. OpenSecrets.org,"Tim Bishop (D-NY), 2012"
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jerrold Nadler
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New York Assembly District 57
Succeeded by
Walter T. Mosley III (D)