James E. Clyburn
|James E. Clyburn|
|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 6|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||21|
|Predecessor||Robin Tallon (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 3, 1992|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||South Carolina State College, Orangeburg|
|Birthday||July 21, 1940|
|Place of birth||Sumter, South Carolina|
|Religion||African Methodist Episcopal|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
James Enos "Jim" Clyburn (b. July 21, 1940, in Sumter, South Carolina) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of South Carolina. Clyburn was first elected by the voters of South Carolina's 6th congressional district in 1992. He won re-election in 2012.
Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Clyburn served as the South Carolina human affairs commissioner.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Clyburn is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Clyburn's academic, professional and political career:
- 1993-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina's 6th congressional district
- 1974-1992: South Carolina Human Affairs Commissioner
- 1971-1974: Member of the Staff of Governor John C. West
- 1968-1971: Executive Director, South Carolina State Commission for Farm Workers
- 1966-1968: Director, Charleston County, South Carolina, Neighborhood Youth Corps and New Careers Projects
- 1965-1966: South Carolina State Employment Security Commission
Clyburn once again serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader.
Clyburn served as the Assistant Democratic Leader.
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Clyburn's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
Clyburn voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Clyburn voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Clyburn did not vote on House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Clyburn voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Clyburn voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Clyburn has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Clyburn voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Clyburn voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Clyburn is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's 6th District. Clyburn is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014. He is seeking his 12th term in office.
Clyburn won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, to represent South Carolina's 6th District. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12 and defeated Nammu Y Muhammad (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||James Clyburn Incumbent||93.6%||218,717|
|Green||Nammu Y Muhammad||5.5%||12,920|
|Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
To view the full congressional electoral history for James E. Clyburn, click [show] to expand the section.
Comprehensive donor information for Clyburn is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Clyburn raised a total of $11,536,866 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.
|James E. Clyburn's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (South Carolina, District 6)||$2,388,048|
|2010||US House (South Carolina, District 6)||$3,319,719|
|2008||US House (South Carolina, District 6)||$3,081,315|
|2006||US House (South Carolina, District 6)||$1,134,696|
|2004||US House (South Carolina, District 6)||$692,448|
|2002||US House (South Carolina, District 6)||$425,558|
|2000||US House (South Carolina, District 6)||$495,082|
|Grand Total Raised||$11,536,866|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clyburn's reports.
|James Clyburn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
As of March 31, 2012, Clyburn raised $1,452,357 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $1,070,366, leaving him with $1,451,123 cash on hand. Three of his top contributors were URS Corp, which gave $12,750; Fluor Corp, which donated $10,500; and the American Federation of Teachers, which gave $10,000.
Throughout his career, Clyburn has raised $757,390 from law firms, $528,363 from electric utilities, and $488,500 from transportation unions.
Cost per vote
Clyburn spent $10.17 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 6, 2012 - James E. Clyburn Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up|
|Top contributors to James E. Clyburn's campaign committee|
|Bank of America||$12,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|U.S. House, South Carolina District 6, 2010 - James E. Clyburn Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$66,003|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$51,367|
|Top contributors to James E. Clyburn's campaign committee|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Clyburn most often votes with:
Clyburn least often votes with:
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Clyburn missed 364 of 13,523 roll call votes from January 1993 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Clyburn paid his congressional staff a total of $993,463 in 2011. Overall, South Carolina ranks 31st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Clyburn's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $212,010 and $582,000. That averages to $397,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 2.25% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Clyburn's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $220,772 to $555,763. That averages to $388,267.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Clyburn ranked 119th in the liberal rankings in 2012.
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Clyburn was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, James E. Clyburn has voted with the Democratic Party 95.2% of the time, which ranked 75th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Clyburn is married to Emily. They have 3 children.
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- James E. Clyburn on the U.S. House website
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- Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Clyburn," Accessed June 24, 2013
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CLYBURN, James Enos, (1940 - )"
- Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Clyburn's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Vote Smart, "Clyburn on agriculture", accessed October 11, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Clyburn's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Clyburn's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 11, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Clyburn on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- The Times and Democrat, "Clyburn announces run for 12th term next year", accessed August 28, 2013
- WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
- Politico "2012 Election Map"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992"
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for James Clyburn," Accessed March 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Clyburn 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- opensecrets.org "James E. Clyburn" Accessed May 19, 2012
- opensecrets.org Accessed May 19, 2012
- Open Secrets "Clyburn Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "James E. Clyburn 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
- OpenCongress, "James Clyburn," Accessed August 6, 2013
- Gov Track "Jim Clyburn," Accessed June 24, 2013
- GovTrack, "Clyburn," Accessed April 10, 2013
- LegiStorm, "James E. Clyburn," Accessed September 18, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, "Clyburn (D-SC), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "James E. Clyburn (D-SC), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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