Congressional Dominoes: Luján’s Senate Bid Leaves Jeffries Free To Go For The Gavel

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., walks down the House steps following a vote in the Capitol on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
April 3, 2019 8:48 a.m.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s (D-NM) decision to run for Senate leaves Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) an easier way to jockey for position when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) chooses to step down.

According to a Wednesday Politico report, Luján, Jeffries and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) are expected to eventually replace Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) as the next generation of House leadership.

That being said, Pelosi is the only one of the House Holy Trinity who committed to stepping down after a four-year term: Hoyer and Clyburn made no such promises, and may prove formidable obstacles to Jeffries’ rise, should one of them develop a yen for the gavel.

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