House Minority Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Endorses Congressman Jamaal Bowman

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman Endorsed by House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Whip Katherine Clark, and Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar

The three top Democrats in the U.S. House endorsed Congressman Jamaal Bowman, and they say they look forward to continuing to work with him. 

In a joint statement obtained by Black Westchester, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) –  a staunch ally of Israel, Whip Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar (D-CA), praised Bowman, saying his “life experiences — raised by a single mom in public housing and founding a public school serving low-income children in the Bronx — have shaped him into a public servant who fights for economic justice and in defense of historically underrepresented communities.”

“We stand together to endorse our colleague Jamaal Bowman for re-election. Congressman Bowman’s life experiences––raised by a single mom in public housing and founding a public school serving low-income children in the Bronx––have shaped him into a public servant who fights for economic justice and in defense of historically underrepresented communities,” said House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Whip Katherine Clark, and Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar. “Congressman Bowman has delivered for his district, battled the proliferation of deadly ghost guns, and fought hard to lower prescription drug prices, invest in our schools, and create new, good-paying jobs. We look forward to our continued work together on the campaign trail, as we battle extreme MAGA Republicans in the House of Representatives.”

“I’m proud to have the endorsement of our Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Whip Katherine Clark, and Chair Pete Aguilar,” said Rep. Jamaal Bowman. “Together, we’ve stood up against powerful special interests and extreme MAGA Republicans to deliver much-needed progress for poor and working people everywhere. We have more work to do and I’m excited to continue working with the House Democratic Leadership to defend our democracy, protect our rights, and fight for the people.”

In just three years in Congress, Rep. Bowman has worked alongside House Democratic Leadership to deliver results for NY-16. Rep. Bowman has secured over $1 billion in federal investments for housing, infrastructure, and gun violence prevention in the district, in addition to authoring critical legislation to create new, good-paying jobs. 

In addition to the House Democratic Leadership, Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s re-election campaign is endorsed by: 

  • Rep. Yvette Clark
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Congressional Black Caucus PAC
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC
  • State Senator Jamaal Bailey
  • NYC Comptroller Brad Lander
  • NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
  • NYC City Councilmember Kevin Riley
  • Hastings-on-Hudson Mayor Nicola Armacost
  • Hastings-on-Hudson Trustee Doug Alligood
  • Mamaroneck Trustee Leilani Yizar-Reid
  • Mamaroneck Trustee Manny Rawlings
  • New Rochelle City Councilmember Shane Osinloye
  • Former Westchester County Legislator Damon Maher
  • Former Mount Vernon City Councilmember Lisa Copeland 
  • SEIU1199
  • National Nurses United
  • Working Families Party
  • AQE
  • Justice Democrats
  • Sunrise Movement
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • The Jewish Vote
  • Make the Road NY
  • Citizen Action of NY
  • NY Progressive Action Network

Congressman Bowman who is seeking a third term representing New York’s 16th Congressional District, faces a primary challenge from Westchester County Executive George Latimer. Latimer is endorsed by several Democratic committees, including the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee, which unanimously endorsed Latimer on Wednesday. The right-wing lobbying group for pro-Isreal policies, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and The District Pac who encouraged 2300 Republicans to change their party affiliations to vote against Bowman, are also endorsing Latimer.

Rep. Bowman entered Congress in 2021 after successfully primarying 16-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel. New York’s 16th Congressional District includes a small piece of the Bronx and a large part of Westchester.

AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Black Westchester, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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