2013 The Root 100

The congressman from New York has made a significant impact on stop-and-frisk policing.

  • Influence: 160.9
  • Reach: 10.19
  • Substance: 7.1
  • Media Mentions: 499
  • Internet Mentions: 119000
  • Twitter Followers: 260
  • Hakeem Jeffries

  • U.S. congressman from New York's 8th Congressional District.
  • Job: U.S. congressman
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @RepJeffries
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.
  • Age: 43
  • Bio:

    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries came to politics honestly: He worked his way up. As a "can-do" New York State assemblyman, Jeffries sponsored two significant bills: one prohibiting the maintenance of an electronic database for those stopped but not arrested as a result of stop-and-frisk policing (the vast majority), and another that put an end to prison-based gerrymandering in New York, making the state one of only two in which incarcerated people are counted in their home communities for redistricting purposes. As a freshman congressman, Jeffries is on the House Budget and Judiciary committees, and most recently joined with other members of New York City's congressional delegation to seek a Justice Department investigation into whether Trayvon Martin's death was a civil rights violation. This summer, in both a nod to his age and his home district (Brooklyn), Jeffries hosted his first Hip-Hop on the Hill Reception, complete with DJ Scratch from EPMD fame, an event he plans to hold annually.

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  • Fun Fact: Jeffries was a college roommate of The King of Queens actor Victor Williams at State University of New York, Binghamton.