James Enos Clyburn, (a relative of George Washington Murray), is a Representative from South Carolina. Born in Sumter, South Carolina in 1940, he earned his B.S. from South Carolina State University in 1961. He was a teacher, employment counselor, a member of the South Carolina state employment security commission from 1965-1966, the director for Charleston County, S.C. neighborhood youth corps and new careers projects from 1966-1968, the executive director of the South Carolina state commission for farm workers from 1968-1971, staff for Governor John C. West of South Carolina from 1971-1974, and the South Carolina human affairs commissioner from 1974-1992. He was elected as a Democrat to the 103rd and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-present).
He was the chair of the House Democratic Caucus (109th Congress), the majority whip (110th and 111th Congresses), and assistant Democratic leader (112th through 115th Congresses).