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 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