Jim Clyburn Steps Down from House Democratic Leadership Role

Jim Clyburn Steps Down from House Democratic Leadership Role
  • PublishedFebruary 14, 2024

Jim Clyburn Steps Down from House Democratic Leadership Role

Representative James Clyburn (D-S.C.) has announced his decision to step down from his position as assistant House Democratic leader after just over a year in the role.

Clyburn’s departure marks the end of an era, as he was the last remaining member of the leadership trio alongside former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

In his statement, Clyburn expressed confidence in House Majority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and the new generation of Democratic leaders, believing they will continue prioritizing the needs of the people over political considerations.

Despite stepping down from his leadership role, the 83-year-old former majority whip intends to seek reelection to his House seat in Charleston, South Carolina, in November.

Jeffries emphasized Clyburn’s ongoing importance to the House Democratic Caucus, stating that Clyburn will remain a significant leader regardless of holding a formal title.

Clyburn’s ascension to the assistant leader position came after Pelosi and Hoyer relinquished their roles following the 2022 election. Jeffries assumed the position of leader, with Representative Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) becoming minority whip and Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) taking on the role of Democratic Caucus chair.

Prior to his decision, Clyburn expressed his willingness to support Jeffries and the leadership team but indicated his preference not to be part of the top three positions.

Clyburn’s departure marks a transition in Democratic leadership, reflecting the evolving landscape within the party and the continued emergence of new voices and perspectives.

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