NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Keynote Speaker

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D) New York 8th District, a very dynamic
speaker who “Tells it like it is.”

Staff Reports,

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries has proudly represented New York’s Eighth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives since taking office on January 3, 2013. The incredibly vibrant and diverse Eighth Congressional District encompasses neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Southwest Queens, including Bedford-Stuyvesant, Canarsie, East New York, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Coney Island and Ozone Park. He overwhelmingly won the seat in the 2012 election, succeeding a thirty-year incumbent.

Since his arrival in Congress, Hakeem has been at the forefront of a wide range of progressive initiatives. Dubbed by the Washington Post as “Brooklyn’s Barack Obama,” he has consistently fought for job creation, quality education, affordable housing, gun control, unemployment insurance, a fair minimum wage and the protection of indispensable safety net programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

In December 2017, Hakeem was overwhelmingly elected co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee by his peers, thus becoming a member of the Democratic Leadership Team. In this capacity, he will largely be responsible for crafting House Democratic policy and managing the Party’s messaging efforts. Hakeem formerly served as the Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus. He currently co-Chairs the bipartisan Intellectual Property Caucus and founded the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Caucus.

Hakeem presently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, and the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. At the start of his third term, he was appointed to the House Budget Committee.

Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Hakeem served for six years in the New York State Assembly, where he championed many of the same civil liberty issues he continues to promote today. Prior to his career in public service, Hakeem practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and served a litigation counsel for Viacom Inc. and CBS.

Hakeem received his bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Binghamton, earned a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and graduated magna cum laude at the New York University School of Law, where he also served on the Law Review. Following the completion of law school, Hakeem clerked for the Honorable Harold Baer Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Hakeem was born in Brooklyn, is a product of the New York City public school system, and currently lives in Prospect Heights with his wife and two sons.