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Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn’s 2020 Report Card

House Majority Whip
Representative from South Carolina's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Clyburn’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Clyburn was busy being House Majority Whip, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Clyburn’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to South Carolina Delegation

5 of Clyburn’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 1943: Community Health Center and Primary ...; H.R. 2055: An Act Targeting Resources to ...; H.R. 6807: VoteSafe Act of 2020; H.R. 7068: VoteSafe Act of 2020; H.R. 7302: Accessible, Affordable Internet for All ...

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); House Party Leaders (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to South Carolina Delegation

Of the 144 bills that Clyburn cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Party Leaders (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ranked most politically left compared to South Carolina Delegation

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Clyburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Clyburn cosponsored 144 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (14th percentile); House Party Leaders (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Was 13th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Clyburn missed 10.4% of votes (99 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Clyburn’s Profile »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 56th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 14 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Clyburn’s 22 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Clyburn caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); House Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got the 96th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Clyburn’s bills and resolutions had 595 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Clyburn introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 972: Reconstruction Era National Historical Park ...

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (43rd percentile); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Introduced

Clyburn introduced 22 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Clyburn introduced 5 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 41: Rejecting White nationalism and White ...; H.Res. 1253: Designating room H-150 of the ...; H.R. 972: Reconstruction Era National Historical Park ...; H.R. 1112: Enhanced Background Checks Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 107: Directing the Clerk of the ...

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Clyburn’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 870: To reauthorize the Historically Black ...; H.R. 3887: Student Loan Debt Relief Act ...; H.R. 3936: Southern Campaign of the Revolution ...; H.R. 8281: Brown v. Board of Education ...

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Committee Positions

Clyburn held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Clyburn’s Profile »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Clyburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


Additional Notes

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.