|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Jerrold Nadler|
|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 57th district
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Roger Green|
|Succeeded by||Walter T. Mosley|
August 4, 1970 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Residence||Brooklyn, New York|
|Alma mater||New York University School of Law (J.D.), Georgetown University (M.P.P.), Binghamton University (B.A.)|
|Website||Representative Hakeem Jeffries|
Hakeem Sekou Jeffries (born August 4, 1970) is an American politician who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing New York's 8th congressional district, since 2013. Previously, he served in the New York State Assembly from 2007 to 2013, representing the 57th Assembly district. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life, education, and law career 
Jeffries holds a degree from New York University School of Law as well as a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Binghamton University where he graduated with honors for outstanding academic achievement. He served as litigation counsel for a media and entertainment company, and worked in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and as a clerk for Judge Harold Baer, Jr. He is nephew of CUNY professor Leonard Jeffries, Jr.
New York Assembly 
He challenged incumbent Democratic Assemblyman Roger Green in the primary. Green defeated him 59%-41%. In the general election, Jeffries ran on the Independence Party line. Green defeated him again 90%-7%.
After redistricting, his residence was put out of the 57th Assembly District. He claimed in the 2010 documentary film Gerrymandering that it was a retaliatory move (a charge denied by Green). Nevertheless, Jeffries decided to primary Green again and lost again 62%-38%.
Green decided to retire from the Assembly in order to run for New York's 10th congressional district against incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Ed Towns. Jeffries ran for the 57th district again and won the Democratic primary, defeating Bill Batson and Freddie Hamilton 64%-25%-11%. In the general election, he defeated Republican nominee Henry Weinstein 97%-3%.
He won re-election to a second term with 98% of the vote.
He won re-election to a third term with 98% of the vote.
During his three years in the legislature he has introduced over 70 bills during his service in legislative session including measures designed to assist residents in foreclosure, protect tenants from landlord harassment, reduce property taxes on homeowners and reform of prison-based redistricting. In response to a series of toy recalls, he introduced bill A02589, which would penalize retailers and wholesalers who knowingly sell to the public hazardous or dangerous toys that have been the subject of a recall. Assemblyman Jeffries also co-sponsored bill A03300, which increased the New York State tax on cigarettes.
He co-sponsored a reform bill to the 421a tax exemption program that requires developers who receive tax breaks to build affordable housing in the Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhoods that he represents. At least fifty percent of the affordable housing must go to people who live in the community. Along with his colleagues in the legislature, Assemblyman Jeffries enacted a state budget that provides an additional one billion dollars in funding for public schools. He recently co-sponsored a bill that would make the public display of a noose with the intent to racially intimidate a felony hate crime. Jeffries also wrote and sponsored the hotly contested house bill A. 11177-A (now law) that eliminated the stop and frisk database used by police forces in New York City. He is a cautious supporter of Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project.
Committee assignments 
- House Committee on Banks
- House Committee on Codes
- House Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions
- House Committee on Correction
- House Committee on Housing
- House Committee on Judiciary
U.S. House of Representatives 
Jeffries announced he would give up his seat to run in New York's 8th congressional district in 2012. The district had previously been the 10th, represented by 30-year incumbent Democrat Edolphus Towns. Jeffries expected to give Towns a strong challenge in the Democratic primary—the real contest in this heavily Democratic, black-majority district. However, Towns announced his retirement on April 16, leaving Jeffries to face city councilman Charles Barron in the Democratic primary.
On June 11, 2012, former Mayor Ed Koch, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Councilman David Greenfield, Assemblyman Dov Hikind gathered with several other elected officials to support Jeffries and denounce his opponent in the Democratic primary, Charles Barron. The officials described Barron as anti-Semitic and denounced his allegedly anti-Semitic statements, while also denouncing his support of Zimbabwe ruler Robert Mugabe and former Libya ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Barron responded that such attacks were a distraction from bread and butter issues.
The Green Party candidate Colin Beavan called on Jeffries to "get the money out of politics," noting that as of his March 2012 filing, "he had received about $180,000, or 35 percent of his funds, from Wall Street bankers and their lawyers.” Beaven added that Jeffries gets many campaign donations from charter school backers and hedge fund managers.
Jeffries defeated Barron in the primary election on June 26, 2012, 72 to 28 percent, to become the Democratic nominee in the district. He defeated Beavan and Republican Alan Bellone in the November general election, taking over 90% of the vote.
On January 3, 2013, Jeffries was sworn in to the 113th Congress. He is the first member of Congress with the given name Hakeem.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on the Judiciary
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- Representative Hakeem Jeffries official U.S. House website
- Hakeem Jeffries official website
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- NYS Assembly Member - Hakeem Jeffries - 57th Assembly District
- A Lawyer Eyes Lawmaking A Crain's New York Business profile.
- Hakeem Jeffries Mum on Atlantic Yards
|New York Assembly|
|New York State Assembly, 57th District
Walter T. Mosley III
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th congressional district
January 3, 2013 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority