James Clyburn, U.S. Representative for South Carolina

James Clyburn

U.S. Representative for South Carolina

James Enos Clyburn was born in July 1940, in Sumter, South Carolina. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from what is now South Carolina State University. After college, he taught at a high school in Charleston.

His earliest involvement in politics was during the 1969 Charleston hospital strike. He joined the staff of Governor John C. West as a senior adviser. He was the first minority adviser to a governor in South Carolina. He was later appointed as the state’s human affairs commissioner.

He has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since January 1993, and presently serves as the House Majority Whip.

He is a widower, having been married 58 years to Emily England Clyburn who died in 2019. They had three daughters. His faith is listed as African American Methodist Episcopal.

In the News…

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn defended his claim that the coronavirus is a “tremendous opportunity” for the restructuring of government in alignment with partisan goals.

He said he is a “restructurting government person” and “everybody with any common sense and looking at where we are today, needs to be a restructuring government person.”

The South Carolina Representative has been given a prominent role by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who named him to head the select oversight committee on coronavirus relief that is charged with monitoring the billions in federal dollars spent fighting the epidemic.

He compared America’s coronavirus response to World War II. “I spent some time in the last 24 hours looking at the Truman Committee, looking at the history of it, looking at what went on with it. I think they were very successful,” Clyburn said. “We came out of World War II with restructuring some things.”

“We gotta have telehealth going forward for these kinds of issues, and to do it, we’ve got to restructure the way we deliver health care in this country,” he added. “That’s what we are doing with Medicare and Medicaid, that’s what we are doing with the Affordable Care Act—trying to restructure the way health care is delivered in this country.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Representative Clyburn today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable James Clyburn
Representative for South Carolina
200 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


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