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CLYBURN, James Enos

CLYBURN, James Enos
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CLYBURN, James Enos, A Representative from South Carolina; born in Sumter, Sumter County, S.C., July 21, 1940; graduated from Mather Academy, Camden, S.C., 1957; B.A., South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C., 1961; teacher; employment counselor, South Carolina state employment security commission, 1965-1966; director, Charleston County, S.C., neighborhood youth corps and new careers projects, 1966-1968; executive director, South Carolina state commission for farm workers, 1968-1971; staff, Governor John C. West of South Carolina, 1971-1974; South Carolina human affairs commissioner, 1974-1992; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-present); chair, House Democratic Caucus (One Hundred Ninth Congress); majority whip (One Hundred Tenth, One Hundred Eleventh, One Hundred Sixteenth, and One Hundred Seventeenth Congresses); assistant Democratic leader (One Hundred Twelfth through One Hundred Fifteenth Congresses) .

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

College of Charleston
Special Collections

Charleston, SC
Papers: In the Bernice V. Robinson papers, 1957-1985, 7.5 linear feet. Persons represented include James Clyburn.
Transcript and Videocassettes: In the South Carolina Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Conference Collection, 1982; 1 transcript and 13 videocassettes. The conference covered the history of the civil rights movement in South Carolina. Sponsored by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the conference was held November 5-6, 1982, at the Charleston Museum (Charleston, S.C.). Participants included James Clyburn.

Howard University
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

Washington, DC
Oral History: ca. 1994-1996, amount unknown. The interview with Rep. James Clyburn is part of the the Voting Rights Act Oral History Project. Topics covered include his work as teacher, employment counselor, and director of youth and community development projects, as well as his appointment as South Carolina Human Affairs Commissioner by Governor West; traces his election to Congress, his committee service, and his contributions to African American self-help.

University of South Carolina
South Carolina Political Collections

Columbia, SC
Papers: In the Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings Collection, Speeches Series, 1952-2004, 8 boxes. Persons represented include James Clyburn.
Papers: In the Republican Party of South Carolina Papers, 1932-2012, 34 linear feet. Persons represented include James Clyburn.
Papers: In the John Carl West papers, ca. 1840s-2004, 52.5 linear feet. Persons represented include James Clyburn.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Clyburn, James, with Jennifer Revels. Uncommon Courage: The Story of Briggs v. Elliott, South Carolina's Unsung Civil Rights Battle. Spartanburg, S.C.: Palmetto Conservation Foundation Press, 2004.

Clyburn, James E. Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 2014.

"James E. Clyburn" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Appropriations
  • House Committee - Oversight and Reform
    • Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis - Chair
  • House Committee - Public Works and Transportation
  • House Committee - Small Business
  • House Committee - Transportation and Infrastructure
  • House Committee - Veterans' Affairs
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