The current Assistant Democratic Leader, Jim Clyburn is one of the most experienced members of the Democratic leadership team, having represented parts of central and eastern South Carolina for the past 30 years.
In 2020, Clyburn rose to national prominence following his endorsement of Joe Biden ahead of the crucial South Carolina Democratic primary in 2020 – a move many consider ultimately helped deliver the nomination for Biden.
Clyburn was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina and was active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. He and his late wife, Emily England Clyburn, met as college student protestors in an Orangeburg jail in 1960.
In Congress, Clyburn has served in numerous leadership positions. He was elected unanimously to serve as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus from 1999-2001. In 2006, he became chair of the House Democratic Caucus. The following year, he was chosen as the House Majority Whip.
Clyburn has been an outspoken supporter of Israel and US leadership to bring about a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In 2021, Clyburn signed the letter led by former Congressman David Price urging the Biden administration to take decisive action to end the fighting between Israel and Gaza.