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Congressman Clyburn to speak at Wofford MLK event

Friday, December 30, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – U.S. Congressman James E. (Jim) Clyburn (D-S.C.), chair of the House Democratic Caucus and the third-ranking Democratic representative, will be the featured speaker at Wofford College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in the Verandah Room in the Richardson Physical Activities Building.

The public is invited to the free event.

Clyburn, who has represented South Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District since 1992, was elected chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 109th Congress on Dec. 16, 2005. He also serves on the House Appropriations Committee, where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies, and the Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, The Judiciary, District of Columbia. In his first three terms, Clyburn served on the Veterans Affairs and the Transportation Infrastructure committees, where he was the ranking member on the Veterans Affairs’ Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee.

Clyburn was co-president of his freshman class in Congress, served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in 1997 and 1998, and most notably, enjoyed rare unanimous support as he was sworn-in to the chair the Congressional Black Caucus for the 106th Congress.

A Sumter native, Clyburn has been praised by The State (Columbia, S.C.) newspaper as an “unashamed advocate of his constituents” and called the “Carolina Kingmaker” by the Washington-based National Journal.

Clyburn is a graduate of South Carolina State University, and he served as a teacher, an employment counselor and director of two youth and community development projects in Charleston, S.C., before he was elected to Congress. He was appointed to the state of then-Gov. John C. West in January 1971, and in October 1974, West appointed him South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, where he served until retiring from state government in 1992 to run for Congress.

He currently serves as Steering Committee chair for the International Museum of African American History in Charleston and is a member of the governing boards of Allen University in Columbia; Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, S.C.; and The Palmetto Conservation Foundation. He is a life member of the NAACP, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and is a Mason and a Shriner. A graduate of the South Carolina Executive Institute, Clyburn has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by 15 colleges and universities.