SC State, City of Orangeburg to honor U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn

Friday, December 15, 2006

ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State University and the City of Orangeburg will hold a reception honoring Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn, ’61, on his recent unanimous election as House Majority Whip.

The 1961 SC State alumnus enters the 110th U.S. Congress in the third-highest leadership post– behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. He will be the second African American and the first South Carolinian to hold the position.

The reception honoring Majority Whip Clyburn will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at 6 p.m. in the Presidents’ STATE Room, former site of the SC State Presidents’ residence. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

“As mayor of the city of Orangeburg, I am pleased to honor Congressman Clyburn in his newly elected position as House Majority Whip for the 110th Congress,” said Paul Miller.

“A friend to the Orangeburg community, we applaud his efforts and look forward to working with him. This is a great accomplishment for Congressman Clyburn and our state because he is the first to hold this position from South Carolina,” he continued. Clyburn and his wife Emily, also an SC State graduate, have established the James E. and Emily E. Clyburn Endowment for the Archives and History at their alma mater and have raised more than $1.2 million dollars for the endowment to date. The James E. Clyburn Transportation, Research and Conference Center and the Emily E. Clyburn Archives and History Library are named in their honor.

“Being able to hold this reception is a small way of showing Congressman Clyburn that he is appreciated by SC State, the City of Orangeburg and all of his constituents in the Sixth Congressional District,” said SC State President Andrew Hugine.

Clyburn used his influence to push through Congress the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Historic Preservation Program, which provides funds for the nation’s 105 HBCUs to renovate and preserve historic buildings on their campuses.

Currently, Congressman Clyburn serves on the coveted House Appropriations Committee, where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, and the Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, The Judiciary, District of Columbia. In his first three terms, Congressman Clyburn served on the Veterans Affairs and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, where he was the ranking member on the Veterans Affairs’ Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee.