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The army of federal leaders from New York

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On Wednesday, the House Democratic Caucus elected Rep. Jerry Nadler to be the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, after Rep. John Conyers resigned earlier this month amid sexual misconduct allegations. Nadler – who was nominated by fellow New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida – defeated California Rep. Zoe Lofgren to be the most senior Democrat on the committee. This is a plum position for Nadler, who could oversee hypothetical impeachment hearings if Democrats win the House in 2018.

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Although New York is the fourth largest state in the country, a significant portion of its members are in high-ranking positions. California, the union’s largest state, has six members in leadership roles, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Texas, which has the second-largest population, has eight members in leadership roles. Florida, the third largest, only has one member in a ranking role in a committee. With Nadler in his new position, New York boasts six representatives as ranking members of House committees and one as chair of the Democratic Caucus, meaning that nearly 26 percent of the state’s congressional delegation are in leadership positions. Five of these members represent parts of New York City.

Lest we forget, Brooklyn native Chuck Schumer is Senate minority leader, Queens real estate kingpin Donald Trump is the president and several Supreme Court justices hail from the Empire State. Below is a list of New Yorkers in leadership roles in government:

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Executive Branch

President Donald Trump

Where he’s from: Queens

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Legislative Branch

Sen. Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader

Where he’s from: Brooklyn


Rep. Joe Crowley, Democratic Caucus chairman

Area he represents: Parts of Queens and the Bronx


Rep. Nita Lowey, ranking member of Appropriations Committee

Area she represents: Parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties


Rep. Eliot Engel, ranking member of Foreign Affairs Committee

Area he represents: Part of the Bronx and parts of Westchester


Rep. Jerry Nadler, ranking member of Judiciary Committee

Area he represents: Parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn


Rep. Louise Slaughter, ranking member of Rules Committee

Area she represents: Monroe County


Rep. Nydia Velazquez, ranking member of Small Business Committee

Area she represents: Parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn


Rep. Carolyn Maloney, ranking House member of the Joint Economic Committee

Area she represents: Parts of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn

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Judicial Branch

Chief Justice John Roberts

Where he’s from: Buffalo, although his family moved to Indiana when he was a child.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Where she’s from: Brooklyn


Justice Elena Kagan

Where she’s from: Manhattan


Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Where she’s from: The Bronx