Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries becomes first Black party leader in House of Representatives
Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries received more votes for Speaker than Republican Kevin McCarthy in a historic vote.
Jeffries received 212 votes from all Democrats in the House in the first three rounds of balloting.
Jeffries is the first Black party leader in the House of Representatives.
He was nominated as Speaker by California Democrat Pete Aguilar.
Aguilar praised Jeffries' leadership style, saying it is based on spreading love and is "the Brooklyn way."
This marks the first time in history that a Black man has been nominated as leader of the House of Representatives by a Latino
Jeffries has been a member of Congress since 2012.
The vote for Speaker was held on Tuesday.
Jeffries received more votes than McCarthy, the current Republican leader of the House.
The House adjourned without electing a Speaker after McCarthy failed to win in three rounds of voting.