James E. Clyburn

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James E. Clyburn
James Clyburn.jpg
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 6
Incumbent
In office
1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRobin Tallon (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$10.17 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,536,866
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSouth Carolina State College, Orangeburg
Personal
BirthdayJuly 21, 1940
Place of birthSumter, South Carolina
Net worth$468,511
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

James Enos "Jim" Clyburn (b. July 21, 1940, in Sumter, SC) 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. He is running for re-election in 2014. He defeated Karen Smith in the Democratic primary on June 10, 2014.[1]

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Clyburn served as the South Carolina human affairs commissioner.[2]

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.

Biography

Clyburn was born in Sumter, South Carolina. He earned his B.S. from South Carolina State College, Orangeburg, in 1962.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Clyburn's professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Clyburn once again serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader.

2011-2012

Clyburn served as the Assistant Democratic Leader.[4]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Clyburn's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Clyburn voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Neutral/Abstain 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Clyburn voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

Economy

2014 Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Clyburn voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Clyburn joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[12][13]

2013 Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Clyburn voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[15] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Clyburn voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Clyburn voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Clyburn has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png 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.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png 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 one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Clyburn's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Clyburn is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Clyburn received a score of 67 percent on social issues and 4 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Neutral
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Clyburn is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 6th District. He defeated Karen Smith in the Democratic primary on June 10, 2014.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014. He is seeking his 12th term in office.[29]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Clyburn 85.8% 28,649
Karen Smith 14.2% 4,737
Total Votes 33,386
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: South Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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, 2012, and defeated Nammu Y Muhammad (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Clyburn Incumbent 93.6% 218,717
     Green Nammu Y Muhammad 5.5% 12,920
     N/A Write-In 0.8% 1,978
Total Votes 233,615
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

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.[42]

James E. Clyburn's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (South Carolina, District 6) Won $2,388,048
2010 US House (South Carolina, District 6) Won $3,319,719
2008 US House (South Carolina, District 6) Won $3,081,315
2006 US House (South Carolina, District 6) Won $1,134,696
2004 US House (South Carolina, District 6) Won $692,448
2002 US House (South Carolina, District 6) Won $425,558
2000 US House (South Carolina, District 6) Won $495,082
Grand Total Raised $11,536,866

2014

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.[43]

James Clyburn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2013$1,233,310.01$299,127.54$(362,040.61)$1,170,396.94
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2013$1,170,396.94$315,175.67$(274,116.43)$1,211,456.18
October Quarterly[46]October 15, 2013$1,211,456.18$237,088.93$(317,729.06)$1,130,816.05
Year-End[47]January 31, 2014$1,130,816$199,788$(155,518)$1,165,085
April Quarterly[48]April 14, 2014$1,165,085.41$196,022.73$(92,446.26)$1,268,661.88
Running totals
$1,247,202.87$(1,201,850.36)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Clyburn's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
Clyburn won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Clyburn's campaign committee raised a total of $2,388,048 and spent $2,223,870.[49]

Cost per vote

Clyburn spent $10.17 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Clyburn won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Clyburn's campaign committee raised a total of $3,319,719 and spent $3,289,439.[50]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 6, 2010 - James E. Clyburn Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,319,719
Total Spent $3,289,439
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
General Electric$31,500
RLJ Companies$25,000
DaVita Inc$24,850
Verizon Communications$22,500
Podesta Group$19,900
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$229,345
Electric Utilities$190,248
Health Professionals$163,502
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$126,469
Lobbyists$121,272


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Clyburn's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $210,022 to $727,000. That averages to $468,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Clyburn ranked as the 273rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[51] Between 2004 and 2012, Clyburn‘s calculated net worth[52] increased by an average of 17 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[53]

James Clyburn Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$201,158
2012$468,511
Growth from 2004 to 2012:133%
Average annual growth:17%[54]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[55]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

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.[56]

Clyburn most often votes with:

Clyburn least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Clyburn is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 24, 2013.[57]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[58]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[59]


National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[60]

2011

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 in 2011.[61]

Voting with party

2013

Clyburn voted with the Democratic Party 95.2 percent of the time, which ranked 75th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[62]

Personal

Clyburn is married to Emily. They have three children.[63]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, "Clyburn," accessed June 24, 2013
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  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  52. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  53. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  55. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  63. House.gov, "Bio," accessed December 12, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Robin Tallon
U.S. House of Representatives - South Carolina, District 6
1993–present
Succeeded by
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