Black History Month: Top African-American Democrats

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James Clyburn

Rep. James Clyburn refused to go into the sunset when Democrats lost the House majority in 2010. The former Whip not only was given the newly created Assistant Democratic Leader position, ensuring that an African-American was part of House leadership, but also has been a key player during some of Congress’ most brutal battles, from raising the debt ceiling to lowering the deficit during the super committee negotiations.

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