James E. Clyburn

By:Bob Gillespie


South Carolina's James E. Clyburn
James E. Clyburn

Name: James E. Clyburn

Born: July 21, 1940

Background/Significance: The son of a minister, Clyburn attended Mather Academy in Camden and South Carolina State College (now University.) He joined the staff of Gov. John West in 1971, later becoming the state’s first human affairs commissioner.

Clyburn ran for Congress in 1992 and has represented SC’s Sixth Congressional District since 1993. A Democrat, he served as House Majority Whip from 2007–2011 and has been Democratic assistant leader since 2011.

Among his many accomplishments, Clyburn, an avid golfer, has backed legislation to support introductory golf programs to disadvantaged youngsters. In 2007, the City of Columbia’s Slighs Avenue golf facility was renamed the James E. Clyburn Golf Center. http://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/athletics/golf

South Carolina connection: Born in Sumter and a South Carolina State graduate, Clyburn lives in Columbia when not in Washington, DC, during the House of Representatives’ term.

Discover more: Visit the SC African-American Honor Roll website at http://scafricanamerican.com/honorees/view/1995/11/ or Clyburn’s Congressional website at http://clyburn.house.gov/, or read a profile at SC State’s website, http://www.scsu.edu/news_article.aspx?news_id=377.

Read about his golf life here. http://discoversouthcarolina.com/articles/home-course-us-rep-james-clyburn-d-sc

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