Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (middle) endorsed Biden on Feb. 26 | Photo by Adam Schultz / Biden for President

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn was announced as the chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a key leadership post of the incoming White House administration.

Clyburn’s endorsement during the South Carolina’s February Democratic primary served as a turning point for Biden’s campaign, helping swing the state in the former vice president’s favor. The inaugural committee also announced co-chairs, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“Kamala and I are honored and grateful to these leaders for joining our inaugural committee as co-chairs and helping to organize a safe inauguration for all Americans,” said President-elect Joe Biden in a press release on Monday. “We are proud of their support and know they will help plan an inauguration that will reflect our nation’s shared values.”

Chief among the responsibilities of the committee is planning the inauguration and related festivities, scheduled for Jan. 20, 2021.

Clyburn said this inauguration will be one of the most important in America’s history, and he is proud to be a part of that history as Chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

“The peaceful transfer of power surrounding the inauguration is a bedrock of American democracy that represents our nation’s highest ideals,” he said in the press release. “This inauguration will show the country and the world something I have always known: we know Joe, and Joe knows us.”

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