Hakeem Jeffries, a New York representative, is expected to be chosen by House Democrats to succeed Nancy Pelosi as speaker,

making history by becoming the first Black person to head a party in Congress.

The speaker wouldn't indicate who she would back in the election on November 30 to succeed her

after she revealed on Thursday that she would step down from the leadership position she has held for 20 years.

However, after declaring they would likewise step aside from their leadership positions,

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn swiftly praised Jeffries, an indication of his growing influence.

Speaking of the New York, Massachusetts, and California Democrats, Clyburn said in a statement,

"Speaker Pelosi has left an indelible mark on Congress and the country.

I look forward to her continued service and doing everything I can to help our new generation of Democratic leaders,

which I hope will be Hakeem Jeffries, Katherine Clark, and Peter Aguilar.