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Congressman Jim Clyburn says he’s running to once again be the House majority whip following Democrats’ victory in Tuesday’s elections.

“Last night, the American people sent a clear and powerful message, electing a Democratic majority with a mandate to restore the fundamental goodness of our government. The primary goal of our new majority is to make America’s greatness apply fairly and equitably to all Americans,” the South Carolina Democrat said in a letter to his colleagues.

“With this singular goal in mind, I am declaring my candidacy for majority whip and asking for your support,” Clyburn said.

The 6th District Congressman is currently the assistant Democratic leader, making him the third-ranking Democrat in the House. He’s held the position since 2011.

He has held several leadership roles in the House, including serving as the majority whip from 2007 to 2011. The whip assists the party leadership in managing the party's legislative program on the House floor.

Clyburn also served as the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1998, vice chair of the Democratic Caucus in 2002 and chair of the Democratic Caucus in 2005.

Clyburn said he believes he can bring the party together.

“I am prepared to work with every corner of our diverse caucus to shape policies that allow us to achieve consensus. As the only member of leadership from a red state and a largely rural district, I am uniquely positioned to help bring our caucus together, to marry strong progressive values with pragmatic solutions that can cross our ideological, geographic and cultural divides,” he said.

Clyburn says he wants to:

• End the corrosive influence of money and special interests on democracy.

• Break the gridlock in Congress, make the rules of the House more open, transparent and inclusive for all members and build bipartisan support for the Democrat’s agenda when possible.

• Empower chairwomen, chairmen, freshmen and everyone in between to be legislators and change agents, rather than simply voters.

• Oppose the president when he is wrong and work with him when Democrats can find common ground to strengthen the country.

• Implement a strong, compelling Democratic agenda that resonates with all Americans.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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