South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn will keep his leadership post among House Democrats, but a South Carolina Republican lost out on a leadership role Tuesday.
Clyburn was re-elected by his peers to the position of Assistant Leader — the third-ranking position among Democrats in the House. The vote had been expected, as Clyburn was the only candidate nominated for the job specifically created for him four years ago. The Hill newspaper reports the move came amidst some grumbling among Democrats who noted the same leadership under Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had turned a 37-seat edge six years ago into a 58-seat deficit to Republicans this past election.
Clyburn himself acknowledged the Democratic Caucus faces an uncertain future in Congress. “After this year’s tough election, I have done quite a bit of soul searching and have spoken at length with a great number of my colleagues,” he said in an emailed statement. ” As we look to the future, I want to focus like a laser on addressing the fundamental flaws in our economic system where the wealthiest few reap the benefits of our economic growth while far too many working families struggle to get ahead.
Meanwhile, fellow Congressman Mick Mulvaney lost a bid to lead the Republican Study Committee. The RSC is a caucus consisting of the chamber’s more conservative members. All six of South Carolina’s GOP congressmen are RSC members. Mulvaney lost on the second ballot to Texas Rep. Bill Flores 57-84. According to the National Journal, Mulvaney had argued before the vote that Flores was more in line with House leaders, while he would stake out more consistently conservative positions.
The 114th Congress will return to Capitol Hill in January.