2012 The Root 100

Hakeem Jeffries is a rising politician from New York with eyes set on a congressional election win.

  • Influence: 166.3
  • Reach: 8.7
  • Substance: 7.5
  • Media Mentions: 273
  • Internet Mentions: 10200
  • Twitter Followers: 196
  • Hakeem Jeffries

  • New York State assemblyman and candidate for the 8th Congressional District who helped pass legislation to eliminate the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk database.
  • Job: New York State assemblyman
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @TeamJeffries
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Age: 42
  • Bio: A rising Democrat in New York politics, Hakeem Jeffries is the odds-on favorite to win in November's election for the 8th Congressional District. He's already won big this year, having defeated political firebrand Charles Barron in a local face-off for that seat. Now he has set his ambitions even higher. Since 2007, when Jeffries first became an assemblyman, he has quickly emerged as a champion of working families and a strong advocate for education reform. He fought to eliminate the New York police department's controversial stop-and-frisk database. He also recently sponsored measures to strengthen tenant regulations and to facilitate the successful societal re-entry of formerly incarcerated individuals.Visit his website