Clyburn is the representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 5, 1993. Clyburn is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
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.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Rep. Clyburn was accused of failing to complete security screening on April 20, 2021 and fined $5,000 by the House Committee on Ethics. He is allowed to, and is, appealing the fine. On May 20, a majority of the Committee agreed to Clyburn's appeal.
|Apr. 23, 2021||House Committee on Ethics began a review of the member's appeal of his fine.|
|May. 20, 2021||House Committee on Ethics agreed to the member's appeal of his fine.|
Read our 2020 Report Card for Clyburn.
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 Jun 8, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Clyburn was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- 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 ...
- H.R. 3287 (108th): To award congressional gold medals posthumously on behalf of Reverend Joseph A. DeLaine, Harry and Eliza Briggs, and Levi Pearson in recognition of their contributions to the ...
- H.R. 1055 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1901 West Evans Street in Florence, South Carolina, as the “Dr. Roswell N. Beck Post ...
Does 9 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 (36%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Taxation (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Social Welfare (6%) Health (6%)
Some of Clyburn’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2358: Voter Empowerment Act of 2021
- H.R. 1783: Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act
- H.R. 1619: Catawba Indian Nation Lands Act
- H.R. 1446: Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021
- H.R. 1287: To amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to ...
- H.R. 1286: Southern Campaign of the Revolution National Heritage Corridor Act of 2021
- H.R. 1288: To amend the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization of the ...
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 May 2021, Clyburn missed 696 of 18,280 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% 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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