James Clyburn Keynote Speaker

clyburn-pictureThe Volusia County Democratic Party is honored to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker for our premier annual fundraising event at the Daytona Beach Hilton Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, on the evening of Saturday, October 1, 2016.

“We are thrilled to host the renowned congressman from South Carolina, The Honorable James Clyburn, at this year’s Volusia County Democratic Unity Gathering at the Beach,” said Leslie Pearce, Chairwoman of the County Democratic Executive Committee. “He has been at the center of the fight for gun control legislation after the Mother Emanuel AME Church shootings in his district in Charleston. He would not sit still for more ‘moments of silence’ on the House floor after the Pulse shootings in Orlando and was a participant in the House sit-in to voice the need for votes on gun control. In addition to his impressive history of service in the House of Representatives, Congressman Clyburn is a trusted spokesperson for Secretary Hillary Clinton.”

President Barack Obama has said Congressman Clyburn is, “One of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens.” As Assistant Democratic Leader in the 114th Congress, the number three Democrat in the House, James E. Clyburn is the leadership liaison to the Appropriations Committee, one of the Democratic Caucus’ primary liaisons to the White House and Chair of the recently formed House Democrats’ Democratic Outreach & Engagement Task Force.

Congressman Clyburn’s humble beginnings in Sumter, South Carolina, as the eldest son of an activist fundamentalist minister and an independent civic minded beautician, grounded him securely in family, faith and public service. Jim and Emily Clyburn, who met while in jail for protesting, have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. After being elected to the Congress in 1993, Congressman Clyburn was eventually elevated by his colleagues to House Majority Whip in 2006 until 2011. As a national leader he has always worked to respond to the needs of America’s diverse communities. Congressman Clyburn was instrumental in advancing into law measures to resolve historic discrimination issues, significantly reducing the statutory disparity in cocaine sentencing and compensating African and Native American farmers who suffered racial discrimination under the USDA loan program.

The Volusia County Democratic Unity Gathering at the Beach is a well-attended annual fundraising event uniting Democratic candidates, honored guests and activists. For additional information and to purchase tickets until the deadline of September 30, visit http://volusiademocraticparty.org/2016-gathering/