WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened House Democrats welcomed in a new group of leaders Wednesday Rep. Hakeem Jeffries As long-serving Speaker Nancy Pelosi (and her team) step down next year, elected as the first Black American president of a major political party in Congress

After their split, rare party unity midterm election lossesThe House Democrats seamlessly moved from one history-making leader into another and chose the 52-year old New Yorker who has vowed not to “get things done,” Even after Republicans took control of the chamber. The vote closed door was unanimous by acclamation.

“It’s a solemn responsibility that we are all inheriting,” Jeffries According to reporters, the meeting was just days away. “And the best thing that we can do as a result of the seriousness and solemnity of the moment is lean in hard and do the best damn job that we can for the people.”

It’s rare that a party that lost the midterm elections would so easily regroup and stands in stark contrast with the upheaval among Republicans, who are struggling to unite around GOP leader Kevin McCarthy The new House As they prepare for the new Congress to convene in January,

Wednesday’s internal Democratic caucus votes of Jeffries The other top leaders were unchallenged.

The trio was led by JeffriesThe Democratic minority leader in this new Congress is 59-year old Rep. Katherine Clark from Massachusetts, and 43-yearold Rep. Pete Aguilar, both of California, as the caucus chair. Expect the new group of Democratic leaders to take over the spots currently held by Pelosi and her top lieutenants — Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Democratic Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina — as the 80-something leaders make way for the next generation.

But in many ways, the trio has been transitioning in plain sight, as one aide put it — Jeffries, Clark and Aguilar working with Pelosi’s nod these past several years in lower-rung leadership roles as the first woman to have the speaker’s gavel prepared to step down. Pelosi, from California, has led House Democrats for the last 20 years. On Tuesday, her colleagues awarded her the honorific title “Dear Senator” “speaker emerita.”

“It an important moment for the caucus — that there’s a new generation of leadership,” Before voting, Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) said the following:

Democrats will be banished to the House minority in the new year, they will have a certain amount of leverage because the Republican majority is expected to be so slim and McCarthy’s hold on his party fragile.

The House’s two new potential leaders, Jeffries and McCarthy, are of the same generation but have almost no real relationship to speak of — in fact the Democrat is known for leveling political barbs at the Republican from afar, particularly over the GOP’s embrace of former President Donald Trump. Jeffries This is a savoury version of the aforementioned. House manager during Trump’s first impeachment.

“We’re still working through the implications of Trumpism,” Jeffries said, “and what it has meant, as a very destabilizing force for American democracy.”

Jeffries He stated that he hopes to find it. “common ground when possible” With Republicans, but will “oppose their extremism when we must.”

On the opposite side of the Capitol: Jeffries As two New Yorkers will be heading the Democratic leadership in Congress, Chuck Schumer will be his partner in Senate Majority leader. They live in Brooklyn about one mile (1.6 km) apart.

“There are going to be a group, in my judgment, of mainstream Republicans who are not going to want to go in the MAGA direction, and Hakeem’s the ideal type guy to work with them,” Schumer said in an interview, referencing Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

Jeffries Party progressives have sometimes expressed doubts about her being a centrist figure, but she has been often met with suspicion House Democrats.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Mich. is a progressive and part the “squad” liberal lawmakers, said she is encouraged by the way Jeffries Even though they have no competition, he and his team reach out to each other.

“There’s a genuine sense that he wants to develop relationships and working partnerships with many of us,” She spoke.

Clark is the No. Clark, at No. 2, is seen as a leader who builds coalitions, and Aguilar, third-ranking, is known for being a conduit to centrists, even Republicans, behind the scenes.

Clyburn is the current highest-ranking Black American Congressman and will be seeking to become the assistant democratic lead, aiding the transition to the next generation.

The election for Clyburn’s post and several others are expected to be held Thursday.

Jeffries’ ascent comes as a milestone for Black Americans, the Capitol built with the labor of enslaved people and its dome later expanded during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency as a symbol the nation would stand during the Civil War.

“The thing about Pete, Katherine and myself is that we embrace what the House represents,” Jeffries It is called, “the institution closest to the people.”

While the House Democrats are often an eclectic group. “noisy family,” He said: “it’s a good thing.” He said: “At the end of the day, we’re always committed to finding the highest common denominator in order to get big things done for everyday Americans.”

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press journalist from New York, contributed to this report.

This story has been updated to reflect this fact. Jeffries Is age 52, not 56.