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Sun Jan 27, 2019, 09:23 AM

Meet the new majority whip, Jim Clyburn (D, SC-6)

Since I haven't seen much said about him:


Clyburn was born in Sumter, SC, in 1940, the son of a preacher and a beautician. He graduated from Boylen-Haven-Mather Academy (a prestigious historically black boarding school in Camden, SC) and attended South Carolina State College (SC's most prominent HBCU) where he studied history and was initiated into Omega Psi Phi ("Manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift" ).

He taught high school for a few years in Charleston, SC, and then ran unsuccessfully for the state general assembly. His campaign attracted the attention of Governor John C. West, who appointed him as minority rights advisor in the wake of the horrific Orangeburg Massacre (google it if you don't know it).

Following a radical un-gerrymandering of the Congressional districts in 1992, he ran for and won the election to the state's 6th Congressional district. In the 26 years since, he has worked his way steadily up the party leadership circuit. He became vice-chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in 2003, and chairman in 2006. In 2011 he challenged Steny Hoyer for the minority whip position; while he lost, his challenge was significant enough to create the new "Assistant Minority Leader" position for him. He ran unchallenged for majority whip in 2019 and was elected unanimously.

Clyburn is a solid liberal, ranked by observers as the 77th most liberal member of the House. He has introduced a bill to quadruple the number of Federally-qualified health clinics in the country (side note: I think this is the method we're going to eventually "solve" healthcare with). He opposes all new offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. He has been a strong and persistent voice for increased special needs education funding at the Federal level.

(EDIT: I've simplified the history; he was also whip in 2009-2011 so his challenge to Hoyer in 2011 was to keep his job. Anyways; the main arc of the story is what's important.)

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Sun Jan 27, 2019, 09:34 AM

1. He is also an excellent example of my thesis about the future of the party

The future of the party is southern and non-white.

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Sun Jan 27, 2019, 12:56 PM

2. Every South Carolina Democrat knows "Jim"

He is perfectly comfortable with the nickname, but most simply call him “Congressman.”
Before every two-year election there is a dinner on Saturday night after the State Democratic Comvention. It is for party activists and those who can afford and are willing to pay $100 for a ticket.

But on Friday night before the convention, there is a open invitation for a free event held in a municipal parking garage for “Jim Clyburn’s Fish Fry.” You get a free piece of fish and hush puppies and tea or water, you can buy a beer for $2 and it’s a great party. It is held just a couple of blocks from the USC campus so there are hundreds of students there (sometimes just for the free food).

My wife and I were excited in 2008 because probable candidate Hillary Clinton would be there, and we were supporting John Edwards at that early juncture. There were 8 candidates in attendance, and we spent several minutes talking to several of them, especially one young black US Senator who really impressed us and was not mobbed like some of the well-known candidates. I remember us talking in the weeks after the event how it was a shame that the Senator from Illinois didn’t really have any chance of winning. We had no idea at the time what was about to happen and how SC would be a major step on the way to securing the nomination for the best President in our lifetime.

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