Biden picks Clyburn’s daughter to lead federal group targeting southeast US poverty

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Jennifer Clyburn Reed, one of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s three daughters, has been nominated to lead a federal commission aimed at addressing poverty in the Southeast.

President Joe Biden nominated Reed Friday to become the federal co-chair of the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, which was created in 2008 to help direct federal investment to the southeastern United States in order to address system and persistent poverty in the region.

The seven-state region includes parts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia not already served by the Appalachian Regional Commission or the Delta Regional Authority.

Reed’s nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Clyburn endorsed Biden ahead of South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary in February 2020, thought to have given Biden an election night bump which eventually helped him secure the nomination.

But Reed’s own profile has risen, apart from her family connection. Ahead of the primary, she helped Democratic candidates get to know the state, and she’s been rumored to be interested in running for Congress, particularly Clyburn’s seat should he retire.

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