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HON. HAKEEM JEFFRIES

US House of Representatives

An American politician and attorney, HAKEEM JEFFRIES, is a US Congressman who has represented parts of Brooklyn and Queens, NY, since 2013. A rising star in American politics, Representative Jeffries is the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and the fifth highest ranking Democrat in Congress. He sits on the House Judiciary and Budget Committees.

Jeffries has a reputation for working across the aisle in Congress and is an advocate for social and economic justice. Criminal justice reform is a permanent fixture on his legislative radar screen. He created the George Floyd Justice on Policing Act, and works nonstop to shape a Congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its related economic devastation.

His pre-Congress work included stints at the Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton and Garrison law firm; at Viacom and CBS, before he was elected to serve in the NYS Assembly for six years, during which time he authored laws pertinent to civil liberties of New Yorkers during police encounters and civil rights legislation to end prison-based gerrymandering in NYS. For years, NY political cognoscenti keep chatting him up as a NYC mayoral candidate.

Brooklyn born and bred, Jeffries earned degrees from the State University of NY at Binghamton,

Georgetown University and the NYU School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and served on the Law Review.

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