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Representative James E. Clyburn

South Carolina-6
Key Coastal Communities:
North Charleston and Hanahan
House Democratic Caucus

“I am grateful for the endorsement of Ocean Champions, and for their support of my Rural Energy Savings Program. It is important to me that Congressional actions ‘do no harm’ to the environment and strive to improve the conditions of our natural treasures.”


Leadership: Congressman Clyburn sees great opportunity to create green jobs in rural America and improve our energy efficiency. He sponsored the Rural Energy Savings Program, which provides $4.9 billion in loan authority through the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to electric cooperatives to offer residential and small business customers low-interest micro-loans for energy-saving retrofits and structural improvements. The bill would have created 20,000 to 40,000 new green jobs.

In addition to his energy efficiency leadership, Congressman Clyburn has an outstanding voting record on ocean conservation issues. He cast important votes for innovative fishery management and the National Ocean Policy, which improves ocean governance by facilitating communication and coordination across the twenty federal agencies with jurisdiction for ocean issues. Congressman Clyburn also authored  legislation establishing the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, which helps preserve the coastal history and culture of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.

Rep. Clyburn sponsored:

  • H.R. 3004 (To amend the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.)
  • H.R. 4785 (Rural Energy Savings Program Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 694 (Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act)

Rep. Clyburn cosponsored:

  • H.R. 1964 (Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2011)
  • H.J.RES.33 (Proposing an amendment the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to a clean, safe, and sustainable environment.)
  • H.R. 4971 (Greening Food Deserts Act)
  • H.R. 5116 (America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 6 (Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007)
  • H.R. 1300 (Program for Real Energy Security Act)
  • H.R. 2421 (Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007)
  • H.R. 3220 (New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act)
  • H.R. 4706 (Fisheries Management Reform Act of 2004)