Hakeem Jeffries

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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) 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 is set to run 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 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.[2]


Jeffries' professional experiences 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:



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.[4]



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.[5] 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.[6]

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,[7] so the winner of the Democratic primary will likely be the next 8th district representative.[8]

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.[9] 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."[8] These and other similar comments worried the Democratic establishment about Barron's potential to alienate people on the national scale.[9]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), among others, denounced Barron's "anti-Israel" stance.[10]

Jeffries, on the other hand, had widespread support from the other New York representatives in the U.S. House, along with greater campaign coffers.[9]

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.[9]

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.[9] Jeffries takes an opposite approach, seeking to unite a broad range of people. Rep. Yvette Clarke, among others, sees Jeffries as a rising star.[9]

The AFSCME local DC37, the state's largest public employee union, threw their weight behind Barron.[8] Jeffries gathered endorsements from smaller unions.[9]

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.[11]


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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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


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.[15]


In 2010, Jeffries received $173,002 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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 - 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.[20]

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.[21]


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

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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)