Hakeem Seku Jeffries
Telephone:646-926-1738 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Brooklyn, NY
State University of New York - Binghamton
New York University
Hakeem Jeffries was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he still lives. He earned a bachelor's in political science from the State University of New York-Binghamton, a master's in political science from Georgetown University and a law degree from New York University.
Jeffries won election to the New York Assembly in 2006.
He and his wife, Kennisandra, have two sons.
Hakeem Jeffries is making his first run for the U.S. House of Representatives, after three successful campaigns for the New York Assembly, the first in 2006.
New York's 8th Congressional District primary in 2012 received a lot of interest and Jeffries earned some high-profile endorsements from the likes of Sen. Charles Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wanted to see Jeffries succeed over his rival, firebrand New York City Councilman Charles Barron. Jeffries defeated Barron soundly.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jeffries is looking to take the seat left open by the retirement of long-serving Rep. Edolphus Towns.
In the state Assembly, Jeffries has been a prolific legislator on issues including how prison inmates are counted in drawing political district lines, and preventing police from keeping a database of people who become part of street stops but aren't then charged with a crime.
He also sponsored a bill in the Assembly that called for cutting the penalty for public possession of small amounts of marijuana. Cuomo recently proposed a similar change in state law.
Jeffries was among those who filed a lawsuit to overturn New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's appointment of Cathie Black as chancellor of the city public school system. Black resigned from the post after three months.
He says that in Congress, he would push the Department of Justice to investigate the New York Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk. The NYPD policy which city officials have said is a necessary crime-fighting tool has come under a barrage of negative attention for the hundreds of thousands of people, mostly black and Hispanic men, who are stopped every year with most found to have done nothing wrong.
Prior to joining the state Assembly, Jeffries worked as an attorney. After getting his law degree, he spent some time as a clerk for a federal judge, then at a law firm and in the litigation department of a major corporation.
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Hakeem Jeffries does not currently hold a congressional or gubernatorial seat.
(Last updated by Deepti Hajela on July 18, 2012.)