James Clyburn

Pelosi Endorses Hoyer, Clyburn for Nos. 2 and 3 Leadership Positions
“House Democrats must show … we are prepared to govern and get the job done”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is endorsing Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., to be majority leader and James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., to be majority whip. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday endorsed her top two deputies, Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, to remain in their respective Nos. 2 and 3 leadership positions in the majority. 

Hoyer, the current minority whip, is running for majority leader and Clyburn, the current assistant Democratic leader, is running for majority whip. Both are running unopposed after Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette dropped out of the whip race Monday.

Diana DeGette Drops Out of Whip Race, Clears Way for Clyburn
'Many of my supporters have expressed concern about pressure they are receiving to return the three senior leaders to their posts without opposition,' she said

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., has withdrawn from the race for majority whip, leaving Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., running unopposed. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette has dropped out of the race for majority whip, leaving South Carolina Rep. James E. Clyburn running unopposed to retain his No. 3 position in Democratic leadership. 

“Many of my supporters have expressed concern about pressure they are receiving to return the three senior leaders to their posts without opposition,” DeGette said in a statement.  “We have enough work to do without this internal pressure. Therefore, I am withdrawing my bid for Whip at this time.”

Top 3 House Democrats Fine With Crowley Staying on as No. 4
Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn don’t think Crowley needs to step down as Democratic Caucus chairman

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pictured with Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., at an event in January. After Crowley lost his primary Tuesday, Pelosi and Hoyer do not think he needs to step down from his leadership position. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley does not need to step down from his No. 4 position in leadership after losing his primary in New York’s 14th District Tuesday night, the top three House Democrats said. 

“No, absolutely not,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said when asked if Crowley should step down as caucus chairman. The California Democrat added that “of course” Crowley can continue in his leadership role. 

Minority Party Makes a Major Shift in House
Democrats have elevated their messaging, raised their voices on key issues

From left, Reps. Paul Tonko, James E. Clyburn, John Lewis, Joseph Crowley and Nancy Pelosi sing "We Shall Overcome" with demonstrators on the East Front of the Capitol after the House Democrats' sit-in ended Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

"Emboldened."   

That was how House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi described the mood as her Democratic colleagues staged a sit-in  Wednesday on the House floor to call for a vote on gun control. Democrats left the chamber Thursday, nearly 26 hours later, still showing signs of that boldness.   

Becerra Downplays VP Talk, But Colleagues Boost His Case
'I’m sure he’s going to be vetted; I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s chosen,' Rep. Joe Crowley says

Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.,speaks to the media following the House Democrats' caucus meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that he has "no knowledge" of being vetted for vice president, but his colleagues say they expect he'll be among Hillary Clinton's top choices for the Democratic ticket.  

"If he’s not being vetted, I hope he will be," Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said, calling the Californian a "stand up kind of guy."  

Are House Democrats the Rolling Stones of American Politics?
The eerie similarities are adding up

House Democratic Leadership and the Rolling Stones. (Getty Images)

One’s a group of veterans with some time-tested hits who may have stayed on the stage too long. And the other is the "World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band."  

The top Democrat was "Happy" to grab the gavel from the Republicans after her party’s triumph in the 2006 mid-term election, which made her the first female speaker of the House.

Like a Rolling Stone
Younger House Democrats getting restless as senior leadership shows no sign of going anywhere

House Democrat leadership average age is akin to that of the Rolling Stones, while Republican leadership average is 23 years younger.

Very few leaders, from professional sports coaches to Fortune 500 CEOs, keep their jobs after three straight losing seasons.  

Nancy Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2003, bringing them out of the wilderness in 2006, taking them all the way to 256 seats after the 2008 elections only to oversee the drop to the current nadir of 188 members, the result of three straight elections of missing the majority mark.