Rep. Hakeem Jeffries may be first Black major party leader in Congress | USA TODAY

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is running to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi as leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.

RELATED: California congresswoman Nancy Pelosi steps down as Speaker of the House | USA TODAY

Jeffries received an endorsement from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who announced Thursday that he would not seek another leadership position in the next Congress.

Other Democratic members also announced their candidacies for Democratic leadership Friday. Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., sent a letter asking for his colleagues’ support to fill Jeffries’ current role as Democratic caucus chair. Aguilar now is vice chair of the caucus.

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