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While the 5th District featured two a first full-term representative and a political newcomer, the other congressional district covering Sumter has news of a longtime incumbent …
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While the 5th District featured two a first full-term representative and a political newcomer, the other congressional district covering Sumter has news of a longtime incumbent trying to make an even further mark on Congress.
U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Jim Clyburn, representative for the 6th Congressional District that spans Sumter, Clarendon and 14 other counties, announced his run for majority whip.
The majority whip is the third highest rank in the U.S. House of Representatives behind the majority leader and speaker. The whip's job is to maintain communication between party leadership and members and to support and urge votes according to official party position. Clyburn, who has been in Congress since 1993 and secured 70.5 percent of Tuesday's votes in the midterm elections, served as majority whip from 2007-2011.
Clyburn said in an open letter to his incoming Democratic colleagues he is running for the position on a "singular goal."
"The American people sent a clear and powerful message, electing a democratic majority with a mandate to restore the fundamental goodness of our government. The primary goal of our new majority is the make America's greatness apply fairly and equitably to all Americans."
He pointed to the diversity of the incoming 116th Congress, "with more women, people of color and LGBTQ colleagues taking the oath of office than every before," saying these new congressmen and congresswoman "build a representative government."
He said in discussions with current and freshman legislators he has heard the want to end the influence of money and special interests; make the Rules of the House more open and transparent to build bipartisan support for the agenda; make "change agents rather than simply voters"; "oppose the president when he is wrong and work with him when we can find common ground to strengthen our country; and create and implement a "strong, compelling Democratic agenda that resonates with all Americans."
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