Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer are set to step down from their position at the end of Congress next year. However, South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn told CBS’s “Face The Nation” that he has no intention to leave his leadership position in the party, and that he was going to work to ensure that southern representation in the party remains high within the party leadership.
Clyburn is currently the Majority Whip, making him the third-ranking Democrat in the House. In response to a question why he was not going to be stepping down from party leadership in order to allow for the next generation of prominent Democrats to rise up, Clyburn said that there is no other southerner currently in a leadership position, and Southern representation was important.
He added that he believed it was important to have people with a “healthy blend of strength and knowledge.” He added that the South can therefore be important for ensuring that the party does not lean too far into the East or the West, but rather that they maintain what they have already established.
This is not the first time that Clyburn has made comments regarding the importance of having strong Southern representation as this is something he had mentioned to both the Post and the Courier. He has also noted that his position allows him to ensure that the South remains at the forefront of lawmakers’ minds during policy decisions.