House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued this letter to the House Democratic Caucus Saturday designating Rep. Jim Clyburn, of South Carolina, Assistant Leader.
Dear Democratic Colleague:
Congratulations again to you on your election to serve in the 112th Congress. As you know, the Democratic Caucus will be meeting this coming Wednesday to organize and select our leaders for the next two years.
Should I receive the privilege of serving as House Democratic Leader, I will be very honored to nominate our outstanding colleague, Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, to serve in the number three House Democratic position. I will also ask the Caucus to designate that position as Assistant Leader.
All of us who have served with Jim Clyburn respect his extraordinary effectiveness as Democratic Whip over these past four years. His strategic leadership as Whip was crucial to our passage of historic legislation on jobs, health care, veterans and Wall Street reform on behalf of the American people.
Jim Clyburn has had a very significant personal impact on our key legislation, ensuring expanded college opportunities for millions of students, expanding community health centers in the health care law, and promoting jobs through investments in infrastructure, including rural broadband.
As we go forward to create jobs for the American people, I'm counting on your participation in a significant way. Thank you for your leadership and friendship.
NANCY PELOSISpeaker of the House
Mike Emanuel currently serves as chief congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1997 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.