Lone SC congressional Democrat Clyburn files for a 16th term

Mar 21, 2022, 3:08 PM | Updated: 3:41 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn filed Monday to seek a 16th term representing South Carolina’s 6th District, saying he’s headed into his next campaign as long as his health and family support stay strong.

“I’m in pretty good health, so I’ll keep going until either my health tells me to quit, or my three daughters,” Clyburn, 81, told The Associated Press.

Clyburn said he monitors his cholesterol closely and heeds his doctor’s advice, even taking a small dose of Aspirin daily.

“I’ve told them, if you ever see that I need to go to the rocking chair or spend my spare time on the golf course, let me know,” he added, of his daughters’ counsel. “And so far, they’re telling me, from what they feel and hear, I should keep going.”

As of Monday afternoon, no other candidates had filed with state officials to take on Clyburn, currently South Carolina’s lone congressional Democrat. First elected in 1992, Clyburn represents the district that sweeps from areas around the capital of Columbia through rural central and eastern counties down to Charleston.

Since then, he has risen to the No. 3 Democrat in the House. He is also the highest-ranking Black member of Congress, advocating for a variety of issues including rural broadband access and chairing a congressional panel focused on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s his pivotal role in the 2020 presidential election for which Clyburn has drawn his party’s acclaim. Clyburn’s endorsement of Joe Biden ahead of South Carolina’s primary is credited with helping the Democrat revive a then-flailing campaign and score a resounding victory in the first-in-the-South balloting.

Several Democrats have filed federal fundraising paperwork to challenge Clyburn, although only one — educator Gregg Marcel Dixon — has reported taking in any money, marking about $11,000 as of the end of last year.

South Carolina’s primary elections will be held June 14. Filing closes March 30.

Clyburn won his 2020 reelection by nearly 40 percentage points and has nearly $2.5 million in his reelection war chest. Feeling confident in his own contest, Clyburn said he plans to spend time campaigning for other Democrats, scheduling swings to California, New York, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

“I’ll be going to those states in the next several weeks, helping as many candidates as I possibly can,” he said.

Clyburn filed his candidacy papers on the opening day of confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom Biden has nominated to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat soon to be vacated by retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. She is the first Black female nominee to the high court, something Biden pledged he would do following a suggestion from Clyburn ahead of South Carolina’s primary.

Clyburn had lobbied for Michelle Childs — a South Carolina federal judge already nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — to get the nod, saying Monday he felt certain Childs would make the shortlist if Biden gets the chance to pick another nominee.

“From all that I hear, the president had no problems with Michelle,” Clyburn said. “He couldn’t make but one appointment, and so he went with Ketanji.”

On Monday, Clyburn said he looked forward to continuing to work with Biden, with whom he said he doesn’t always agree. But he said differences were a starting point for making progress — and not a point of disunity.

“We try to find common ground and move forward collectively,” he said, noting that he often disagreed politically with his late wife Emily, whom he held as a top adviser and confidante.

“I don’t think we can grow as a country if we all agree. President Biden and I agree on a lot, but we don’t agree on everything.”


Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


(Facebook Photo/City of San Luis, Arizona)...
Associated Press

San Luis authorities receive complaints about 911 calls going across border

Authorities in San Luis say they are receiving more complaints about 911 calls mistakenly going across the border.
6 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Daylight saving time begins in most of US this weekend

No time change is observed in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
14 days ago
Mexican army soldiers prepare a search mission for four U.S. citizens kidnapped by gunmen in Matamo...
Associated Press

How the 4 abducted Americans in Mexico were located

The anonymous tip that led Mexican authorities to a remote shack where four abducted Americans were held described armed men and blindfolds.
14 days ago
Tom Brundy points to a newly built irrigation canal on one of the fields at his farm Tuesday, Feb. ...
Associated Press

Southwest farmers reluctant to idle farmland to save water

There is a growing sense that fallowing will have to be part of the solution to the increasingly desperate drought in the West.
21 days ago
A young bison calf stands in a pond with its herd at Bull Hollow, Okla., on Sept. 27, 2022. The cal...
Associated Press

US aims to restore bison herds to Native American lands after near extinction

U.S. officials will work to restore more large bison herds to Native American lands under a Friday order from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
21 days ago
Children play in a dried riverbed in Flassans-sur-Issole, southern France, Wednesday, March 1, 2023...
Associated Press

Italy, France confront 2nd year of western Europe drought

ROME (AP) — Bracing for Italy’s second consecutive year of drought for the first time in decades, Premier Giorgia Meloni huddled with ministers Wednesday to start mapping out an action plan Wednesday, joining France and other nations in western Europe grappling with scant winter rain and snow. Meloni and her ministers decided to appoint an […]
23 days ago

Sponsored Articles

(Photo: OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center)...

Here’s what you need to know about OCD and where to find help

It's fair to say that most people know what obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders generally are, but there's a lot more information than meets the eye about a mental health diagnosis that affects about one in every 100 adults in the United States.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care in Arizona Photo)...
Desert Institute for Spine Care in Arizona

5 common causes for chronic neck pain

Neck pain can debilitate one’s daily routine, yet 80% of people experience it in their lives and 20%-50% deal with it annually.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
Lone SC congressional Democrat Clyburn files for a 16th term