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Clyburn pushed to become next U.S. Transportation secretary

(MCT) — WASHINGTON — The head of the Congressional Black Caucus is urging President Barack Obama to nominate House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn of South Carolina to become the next U.S. secretary of transportation.

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, chairwoman of the group of black lawmakers, made the request in a letter to Obama on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by McClatchy.

“Congressman Clyburn’s legacy of public service to the American people and to the citizens of his congressional district is one of honor and distinction,” Fudge wrote to Obama.

Ray LaHood, the current transportation secretary, has said he will leave that post.

An aide to Fudge said Wednesday she had not received a response from Obama or White House aides.

Democrat Clyburn did not reject the possibility that he might accept the post, which oversees billions of dollars in federal funding for highways and bridges across the country, were Obama to nominate him.

“He is proud and honored that some of his colleagues think enough of him to recommend him for transportation secretary, but the only job change Mr. Clyburn is working on is once again becoming (House) majority whip when the American people reject the Republicans’ failed leadership and extreme partisan gamesmanship and Democrats win back the House,” said Patrick Devlin, a Clyburn spokesman.

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(State reporter Jamie Self contributed to this article.)

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