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|House Speaker||Nancy Pelosi (CA)|
|Floor Leader||Steny Hoyer (MD)|
|Floor Whip||Jim Clyburn (SC)|
|Chair||Hakeem Jeffries (NY)|
|Ideology|| Centrism |
|Political position||Center to center-left|
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The House Democratic Caucus is a congressional caucus composed of all Democratic Representatives in the United States House of Representatives and is responsible for nominating and electing the Democratic Party leadership in the chamber. In its roles as a party conference, the caucus writes and enforces rules of conduct and discipline for its members, approves committee assignments, and serves as the primary forum for development of party policy and legislative priorities. It hosts weekly meetings for these purposes and to communicate the party's message to members. The caucus has a Caucus Chairman and Caucus Vice-Chair (formerly called the Secretary).
For the 117th Congress, Hakeem Jeffries was re-elected as the Caucus Chairman, and Pete Aguilar was chosen as the Caucus Vice Chair to succeed Katherine Clark, who became the Assistant Speaker.
Effective with the start of the 117th Congress, the conference leadership is as follows:
The House Democratic Caucus, through its institutional antecedent, the Democratic-Republican caucus, was established on April 2, 1796, to stop a treaty with Great Britain which unfairly treated American sailors. For many years, through 1820, it nominated presidential candidates (before the era of national nominating conventions).
Since 2003, the House Democratic Leader has been Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California (the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history).She has served twice as Speaker, from 2007 - 2011 and from 2019 to present.
At the Organizational Meeting on November 18, 2008, of the Democratic Caucus for the 111th Congress, Representative John B. Larson (D-Connecticut) was elected Caucus Chairman by acclamation. The election was presided over by the outgoing chairman of the Democratic Caucus for the 110th Congress, former Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-Illinois). Rep. Larson officially assumed the position of chairman on the first day of the 111th Congress, January 3, 2009.
After his election as chairman at the Organizational Meeting on November 18, Chairman Larson presided over the election of Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-California), who defeated Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio by a vote count of 175 to 67. Rep. Becerra likewise assumed his vice-chairmanship on January 3.
|Edson B. Olds||Ohio||33rd||1853–1855|
|George Washington Jones||Tennessee||34th||1855–1857|
|George S. Houston||Alabama||36th||1859–1861|
| William E. Niblack,|
Samuel J. Randall
|William E. Niblack||Indiana||43rd||1873–1875|
|Lucius Q.C. Lamar||Mississippi||44th||1875–1877|
|John F. House||Tennessee||46th||1879–1881|
|George W. Geddes||Ohio||48th||1883–1885|
|J. Randolph Tucker||Virginia||49th||1885–1887|
|Samuel S. Cox||New York||50th||1887–1889|
|William S. Holman||Indiana||51st–53rd||1889–1895|
|David B. Culberson||Texas||54th||1895–1897|
|James D. Richardson||Tennessee||55th||1897–1899|
|Robert L. Henry||Texas||59th||1905–1907|
|Henry D. Clayton||Alabama||60th–61st||1907–1911|
|Albert S. Burleson||Texas||62nd||1911–1913|
|A. Mitchell Palmer||Pennsylvania||63rd||1913–1915|
|Edward W. Saunders||Virginia||64th–65th||1915–1919|
|Arthur G. DeWalt||Pennsylvania||66th||1919–1921|
|Henry T. Rainey||Illinois||68th||1923–1925|
|Charles D. Carter||Oklahoma||69th||1925–1927|
|Arthur H. Greenwood||Indiana||70th||1927–1929|
|David H. Kincheloe||Kentucky||71st||1929–1930|
|William W. Arnold||Illinois||72nd||1931–1933|
|Clarence F. Lea||California||73rd||1933–1935|
|Edward T. Taylor||Colorado||74th||1935–1937|
|Robert L. Doughton||North Carolina||75th||1937–1939|
|John W. McCormack||Massachusetts||76th||1939–1940|
|Richard M. Duncan||Missouri||77th||1941–1943|
|Harry R. Sheppard||California||78th||1943–1945|
|Aime J. Forand||Rhode Island||80th||1947–1949|
|Francis E. Walter||Pennsylvania||81st||1949–1951|
|Wilbur D. Mills||Arkansas||83rd||1953–1955|
|John J. Rooney||New York||84th||1955–1957|
|Francis E. Walter||Pennsylvania||87th–88th||1961–1963|
|Eugene Keogh||New York||89th||1965–1967|
|Thomas S. Foley||Washington||95th–96th||1977–1981|
|Gillis W. Long||Louisiana||97th–98th||1981–1985|
|Richard A. Gephardt||Missouri||99th–100th||1985–1989|
|William H. Gray III||Pennsylvania||101st||1989|
|Steny H. Hoyer||Maryland||101st–103rd||1989–1995|
|Bob Menendez||New Jersey||108th–109th||2003–2006|
|James Clyburn||South Carolina||109th||2006–2007|
|John B. Larson||Connecticut||111th–112th||2009–2013|
|Joe Crowley||New York||115th||2017–2019|
|Hakeem Jeffries||New York||116th-117th||2019–present|
This list may be incomplete.
Steny Hamilton Hoyer is an American politician and attorney serving as U.S. Representative for Maryland's 5th congressional district since 1981 and as House Majority Leader since 2019. A Democrat, he was first elected in a special election on May 19, 1981, and is currently serving in his 20th term. The district includes a large swath of rural and suburban territory southeast of Washington, D.C. Hoyer is the dean of the Maryland Congressional delegation and the most senior Democrat in the House.
The 101st United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, DC from January 3, 1989, to January 3, 1991, during the final weeks of the administration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the first two years of the administration of U.S. President George H. W. Bush.
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Party leaders and whips of the United States House of Representatives, also known as floor leaders, are elected by their respective parties in a closed-door caucus by secret ballot. With the Democrats holding a majority of seats and the Republicans holding a minority, the current leaders are Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
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