James (Jim) E. Clyburn (D-USH06)
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Capitol: 202.225.3315
FAX: 202.225.2313
District: 803.799.1100
Room 274 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-4006

Residence: Columbia, SC
Elected: 1992    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Emily England Clyburn (deceased)   DOB: 7/21/1940
Committee Assignments
FC MemberHouse Diversity and Innovation Caucus
FC MemberKenya Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
FC MemberRural Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Men's Health Caucus
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional WTO Caucus for Farmers and Ranchers
ChairmanDemocratic Outreach and Engagement Task Force
Co-ChairCongressional Rural Broadband Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional My Brother's Keeper Caucus
ChairmanHouse Democratic Manufacturing Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Fraternal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Stop DUI Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Peanut Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberCongressional Global Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cement Caucus
FC MemberChildren's Environmental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Rural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ethiopian American Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Study Group on Germany
FC MemberFriends of New Zealand Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberFriends of a Free, Democratic, and Stable Syria Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the European Union (EU)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Infant Health and Safety
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberCongressional State Medicaid Expansion Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberAmericans Abroad Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberBrain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caribbean Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus (HBCU)
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Counties Representing
Allendale / Bamberg / Berkeley / Calhoun / Charleston / Clarendon / Colleton / Dorchester / Florence / Hampton / Jasper / Orangeburg / Richland / Sumter / Williamsburg


James E. "Jim" Clyburn was born and raised in Sumter, graduated high school in Camden; and College in Orangeburg; and began his professional career as a public school teacher in Charleston. He is the eldest son of a fundamentalist minister and a cosmetologist. Jim is married to the former Emily England of Moncks Corner, and they are the parents of three daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons. They are 1961 graduates of South Carolina State College (University), and have always lived in what is now South Carolina's Sixth Congressional District.

Congressman Clyburn began teaching English and Social Studies at Simonton Middle School and World History at C.A. Brown High School in 1962. After three years in the classroom he became an employment counselor, directed two youth and community development programs and served as Executive Director of the South Carolina Commission for Farm Workers.

After losing a close contest for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1970, Jim caught the eye of Governor John Carl West, who made him the first minority advisor to a South Carolina governor. Under Governor West, Jim demonstrated his strong leadership skills and in 1974 Governor West appointed him South Carolina Human Affairs Commissioner.

Jim retired from state government in 1992 to run for Congress. His relationships throughout the district and his proven leadership ability enabled him to garner over 55% percent of the vote in a five-candidate contest. He won the General Election, and became South Carolina's first African American Congressman in nearly 100 years.

In Congress, Jim has progressively climbed the leadership ladder. He was elected President of his freshman class for the 2nd Session of the 103rd Congress, and was unanimously elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1999. In 2002, he won a three-candidate race to become Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and was unanimously elected Caucus Chair in 2006 and became House Majority Whip in 2007. He served as House Majority Whip from 2007 - 2011 and from 2019 - 2022.

Jim was Assistant Democratic Leader until March 2024. He has a seat at the table when key decisions are being made in Washington and he works everyday to keep his promise to the people of South Carolina to put, "Service above self and principles above politics."