NATION: South Carolina's Clyburn takes an influential position


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman James E. Clyburn released the following statement after the House Democratic Caucus unanimously elected him by acclamation to be Majority Whip in the 116th Congress:

“I thank all my House Democratic colleagues for the faith and confidence they have expressed in me to serve as Majority Whip in the 116th Congress.  I am deeply honored to have the support of our Caucus and humbly accept this position with a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

“As I said to my colleagues today, America is already a great country: our challenge is to make its greatness apply fairly and equitably to all of its people.  As the only Member of elected Leadership from a red state and largely rural district, I will work tirelessly to be a voice for the millions of Americans who feel left out and communities that are too often left behind.  I am committed to staying connected to all of our Caucuses and regions and building a whip operation that is reflective of the diversity of our Caucus and that empowers a new generation of Members to have a voice in our legislative process.”

Clyburn was nominated to be the U.S. House Majority Whip for the 116th Congress by Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02).  His nomination was seconded by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Congresswoman-Elect Lucy McBath (GA-06).

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