At a Glance
- Career History:
Member of the
Public Service Commission (1998 to 2009); Publisher of the Coastal Times
(1984 to 1998)
March 22, 1962
- Alma Mater:
University of South Carolina, B.S. (banking, finance and
- DC Office:
445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554; Phone: (202) 418-2100
- Web site
Path to Power
Clyburn was born in 1962 to a father who taught high-school
history and a mother who was a librarian. The father, James Clyburn,
would eventually become South Carolina's Commissioner of Human
Affairs, and, by the time Mignon turned 21, he had become the first
black U.S. House Member from South Carolina since 1897.
Mignon attended the University of South Carolina where she majored
in banking, finance and economics. In 1984, after earning the
degrees, Clyburn became the publisher and general manager of her
father's brainchild: a weekly Charleston newspaper that focused on
issues affecting the African-American community. Clyburn worked at
the now-defunct Coastal Times for 14 years.
The FCC regulates a variety of communication mediums, which
include television, Internet and radio. The agency also allocates
broadband wires and approves media ownership.
In February 2009, Congress passed the $787 billion stimulus
package, which included $7.2 billion for the expansion of broadband.
One of the first tasks on tap for Clyburn was to help the board
develop a strategy for broadband expansion nationwide. The FCC
delivered its proposal to Congress in March 2010. The 360-page
document contained nearly 200 policy recommendations for the FCC and
other agencies to implement over the next decade.
Clyburn's closest confidante is her father, House Majority Whip
James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.). Many close allies of Rep. Clyburn
attended Mignon's confirmation hearing, including defeated Rep. John
Spratt (D-S.C.), Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Rep. Barbara Lee
(D-Calif.) and Rep. Henry Brown (R-S.C.).
Prior to Mignon Clyburn's confirmation hearing, Sen. Lindsey O.
Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) introduced her to the
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "It's
[South Carolina's] a small state," said Graham. "We all
pretty much know each other. All of us who know her and have worked
with her throughout the years trust her to be honest with you and to
put the best interests of her community ahead of her own."
In 1992, Mignon Clyburn donated $707 to her father's campaign in
the House race for South Carolina's 6th district. She has not
donated to any other campaign, according to the Center for