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02/14/2011

West Forum to Inaugurate Congressional Lecture Series

Quick Facts

 On Feb. 23, U.S. Representative James E. Clyburn (D-6th District,) the Assistant Democratic Leader of the House, will give remarks in the DiGiorgio Campus Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
 On March 22, U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-5th District,) will share his viewpoints in a similiar forum, with the exact time to be announced closer to that date. Rep. Mulvaney, a resident of Lancaster County, this year became the first Republican to represent the Fifth District since 1883, after being elected in November.

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Jim Clyburn
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Mick Mulvaney
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop’s John C. West Forum on Politics and Policywill begin a new lecture series this spring by hosting two South Carolina members of Congress with very different perspectives on what is happening in Washington, D.C.

On Feb. 23, U.S. Representative James E. Clyburn (D-6th District,) the Assistant Democratic Leader of the House, will give remarks in the DiGiorgio Campus Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

On March 22, U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-5th District,) will share his viewpoints in a similar forum, with the exact time to be announced closer to that date. Rep. Mulvaney, a resident of Lancaster County, this year became the first Republican to represent the Fifth District since 1883, after being elected in November.

Rep. Clyburn, a native of Sumter, S.C. , was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1993. He is the first African-American to have been elected to Congress from South Carolina in the post-Reconstruction period. He previously has served as Majority Whip, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and was president of his freshmen class of Congressional representatives in 1993.

The Congressional Lecture Series will also include invitations to South Carolina’s two U.S. Senators, Republicans Lindsay Graham and Jim DeMint, later in the year. All Congressional Lecture Series events will be free and open to the public, with Winthrop students given priority in Q&A opportunities with the guest lecturers.

The mission of the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy is to promote civic engagement in South Carolina. The nonpartisan West Forum is named in the memory of the former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Ambassador, John C. West. The West Forum is funded by an annual gift from the West Foundation.

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