August 2008

Jaime Harrison

Political Leader

Jaime Harrison, a native of Orangeburg, S.C., is the son of Rodney and Patricia Stewart, and Robert Jenkins. He is the grandson of Willie and Jimmie Lou Harrison. He currently serves as Director of Floor Operations and Counsel for Majority Whip James E. Clyburn in the United States House of Representatives. Upon his appointment, Jamie became the first African-American to serve as Floor Director for a leader of the House of Representatives. In the fall of 2006, he was selected by The Hill newspaper as one of the “35 Stellar Staffers Under 35.” In addition, he was selected as one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50 Staffers” on Capitol Hill in 2006 and 2007.

Harrison has also served as Executive Director of the House Democratic Caucus, becoming one of the youngest and first African-Americans to hold the position. As Executive Director, Jaime oversaw the day-to-day operations of the House Democratic Caucus, and participated in the development of national strategy, messaging, and policy for the Democratic Party.

In 1998, Harrison, a first generation college graduate, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Yale University. While at Yale, he won numerous awards for his leadership and community service. After graduating from Yale, Harrison returned to his hometown of Orangeburg, SC and taught ninth grade World Geography at his high school alma mater, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

In 1999, Harrison became one of the youngest non-profit executives in the country when he accepted a position as Chief Operations Officer (COO) of College Summit, Inc. Harrison, a member of the College Summit National Board of Directors, was successful in helping College Summit grow into a nationally recognized organization with offices in South Carolina, Colorado, Missouri, West Virginia, and California.

In 2003, this former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation intern rejoined the office of Congressman Jim Clyburn as Policy Advisor.

In 2004, Harrison graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and obtained his Juris Doctor. During the summer of 2004, he returned to South Carolina to serve as Political Director for the South Carolina Democratic Party’s Victory 2004 campaign on behalf of US Senate candidate Inez Tenenbaum. Jaime served as the party’s liaison to elected officials and candidates, oversaw the campaign’s Political Program, and coordinated efforts with the Base Vote Program (voter outreach, voter registration, and GOTV Programs) which produced record African-American turnout.

In 2005, Jaime was admitted to the South Carolina Bar.