He is also House Majority Whip, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Clyburn is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Clyburn has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 7, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
James “Jim” Clyburn sits on the following committees:
Clyburn was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 920: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Expansion Act
- H.R. 1619: Catawba Indian Nation Lands Act
- H.R. 972 (116th): Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Act
- H.R. 7230 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 226 West Main Street in Lake City, South Carolina, as the “Postmaster Frazier B. Baker …
- H.R. 3004 (114th): To amend the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.
- H.R. 2131 (114th): To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as the “J. Waties Waring Judicial Center”.
- H.R. 6379 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6239 Savannah Highway in Ravenel, South Carolina, as the “Representative Curtis B. Inabinett, Sr. Post …
Does 11 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Clyburn sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (31%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Taxation (11%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Social Welfare (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Education (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Clyburn recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 9466: To require Community Development Block Grant and Surface Transportation Block Grant recipients to …
- H.R. 9098: International Nuclear Energy Act of 2022
- H.R. 9097: Public Service Reward Act
- H.R. 9041: Domestic Reinvestment Act of 2022
- H.R. 6531: Targeting Resources to Communities in Need Act of 2022
- H.Res. 863: Providing for the hour of meeting of the House.
- H.Res. 862: To inform the Senate that a quorum of the House has assembled.
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
As House Majority Whip, Clyburn may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 1993 to Dec 2022, Clyburn missed 715 of 19,073 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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