Representative Jim Clyburn has more than 150 supporters of his candidacy to be the majority whip in the House of the 116th Congress, which has allowed Democrats in the House to enjoy the same triumvirate as in power in 2010.
More than 150 Democrats signed a letter of support for Clyburn that circulated Tuesday night, a day before House Democrats began choosing their leaders for the new Congress. Democrats should call on Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) As a candidate for president, while Representative Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) Will be the majority leader. With Clyburn, it is the same trio that occupied the top three places before the majority of the House of Democrats were swept away by the Tea Party movement eight years ago.
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"We are writing to share our unconditional support and solicit your vote to have Jim Clyburn take the position of majority whip at the 116th Congress, "said the favorable letter to Clyburn, which was distributed by the representative of the Republic, G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)." Jim's thoughtful, deliberate and selfless leadership will serve our Caucus well over the next two years. As the first African-American Congressman and sole member of the Southern leadership, Jim is a powerful spokesperson for millions of Americans who feel excluded and communities too often left behind. "
The letter went on: "At this historic moment for our caucus and our country, we need Jim's leadership, and his voice and experience is invaluable to our caucus, the Congress and our country, and we hope you will support his candidacy for Whip's application by majority. "
More than 150 Democrats have already adhered to the letter, putting Clyburn well above the threshold required to win the job. Democrats will have about 235 members at the 116th Congress.
Representative Diane DeGette (D-Colo.) Challenged Clyburn for the position of Whip, but she ended her efforts last week.
Pelosi will be massively elected Democratic presidential candidate on Wednesday, but will still have enough support to win a roll call vote on Jan. 3. Like Clyburn, the majority leader, Hoyer, is undisputed. has published a list of more than 180 public supporters.
Clyburn, 78, was first elected to Congress in 1992. Son of a minister, Clyburn first showed up in the civil rights movement. He then became a teacher and then held the position of civil servant in South Carolina before being elected to Congress.
Clyburn and former representative William Gray (D-Pa.) Are the highest black legislators in the history of Congress, and the ever-increasing power of the Congressional Black Caucus means that a black speaker or a majority leader is possible in the near future. African-American legislators will hold positions # 3 and # 5 in the House Democratic Caucus. They will be the chairs of several committees, evidence of the CBC's influence in the democratic caucus of the House.