U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Jim Clyburn Endorses Marilyn Strickland for Congress


Marilyn Continues to Build Broad Local and National Coalition of Support

TACOMA, WA – Marilyn Strickland announced today that United States House of Representatives Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has endorsed her campaign to represent Washington’s 10th Congressional District, the latest endorsement in a growing coalition of local and national support for Marilyn.

If elected, Strickland will be the first African-American from the Pacific Northwest elected to Congress, and the first Korean-American woman to serve in Congress. Her first place finish in the August 4 primary election, and a recent survey of likely voters shows Marilyn with a strong lead and clear path to victory for November.

James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip, the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives, and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. He is also the Chairman of the Rural Broadband Task Force and Democratic Faith Working Group.

“I am deeply honored to have the support of a respected national leader and icon like Whip Clyburn. As President Barack Obama once said, when Whip Clyburn speaks, ‘the entire Congress listens.’ He is a man of deep compassion and faith, and a true public servant committed to fairness and delivering a better deal for all Americans,” said Strickland. “I am excited to work with Whip Clyburn to deliver results for the people of our local communities and our country so we can recover and rebuild.”

“Marilyn Strickland is the kind of leader we need in Congress working. She will work to rebuild America and secure America’s families. Marilyn has what it takes to get the job done for the South Sound: proven leadership, determination, and a passion for bringing people together. Marilyn will always keep her focus on getting results for her community – not just slogans – and I look forward to working with Marilyn in the United States Congress.” said Whip Clyburn.

Marilyn has a diverse and growing coalition of support for her campaign. Local leaders and organizations supporting Marilyn include:

  • Former Washington State Representative and former 10th CD candidate, Kristine Reeves

  • Former Washington Governor Christine Gregoire

  • Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Washington Governor Gary Locke

  • Congressman Derek Kilmer, WA-06

  • Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, WA-01

  • Victoria Woodards, Mayor of Tacoma

  • Don Anderson, Mayor of Lakewood

  • Nancy Backus, Mayor of Auburn

  • Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice

  • Washington State Senator Steve Hobbs

  • Washington State Senator Jeannie Darnielle

  • Washington State Representative Jake Fey

  • Washington State Representative Melanie Morgan

  • Thurston County Young Democrats

  • Former Pierce County Executive, John Ladenburg

  • Former King County Executive and Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ron Sims

  • Former President of The Evergreen State College, Les Purce

  • The Vietnamese Community of Tacoma Pierce County

  • The Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective

  • The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – Puget Sound Chapter

  • The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612 and 302

  • The Seafarers International Union

  • The Sailors Union of the Pacific

National leaders and organizations supporting Marilyn include:

  • The National Women’s Political Caucus

  • Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters

  • Congressman Ted Lieu

  • Congressman Ami Bera

  • Congressman Pete Aguilar

  • The Congressional Black Caucus PAC

  • The Collective PAC

  • Voter Protection Project

  • The Higher Heights for America PAC

  • CAPA21

  • Asian-American Action Fund

  • The AAPI Victory Fund

  • The Korean-American Democratic Committee

  • The Korean Americans for Organizing Fund

You can view the full list of endorsements here.