Hakeem Jeffries launches bid to replace Pelosi as top House Democrat
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With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer forgoing leadership roles in the next Congress, members of a "new generation" of House Democrats are stepping up to the plate, as Pelosi put it. Rep. Jim Clyburn has also indicated he's stepping aside from his position as whip, but may remain in leadership. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a 52-year-old New Yorker, is seeking the top position in House Democratic leadership as Republicans are projected to take the chamber. No one else has of yet formally announced any plans to run against Jeffries, who has been considered a frontrunner for the post in the event of Pelosi's departure. Jeffries, currently the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, would be the first Black House Democratic leader.  On Friday morning, Jeffries sent individual letters to each of his Democratic colleagues describing why they should choose him to be their next leader, according to an aide to Jeffries.  Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, currently th