Congressman James E. Clyburn | Carolina Snaps


James E. Clyburn, a prominent figure in American politics, serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the Democratic Faith Working Group. He is known for making history as the first African American to serve multiple terms as Majority Whip. 

Congressman Clyburn started his career in leadership when he was elected co-president of his freshman class. Upon graduation from South Carolina State College, Clyburn was hired as a social studies teacher at Charles A. Brown high School in Charleston, South Carolina. 

When Clyburn was elected the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 6th Congressional District, he became the state’s first African American to serve in Congress since 1897.

He has played a key role in legislative initiatives, from historic preservation to rural energy savings, and has been recognized with numerous awards for his contributions to American politics. 

His endorsement of Joe Biden in 2020 is credited with influencing the presidential race. 

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