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The Honorable James Clayborne, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1963
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1963
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

James Franklin Clayborne, Jr., was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 29, 1963, to James and Janet Clayborne. He attended Paul Lawrence Dunbar Elementary School, Lansdowne Junior High School and East St. Louis High School, where he played football. After graduation, Clayborne enrolled at Tennessee State University before attending the University of Miami Law School. While at the University of Miami, he served as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. There, he interned with Janet Reno, then Dade County States Attorney and future U.S. Attornery General. While residing in Florida, he met and married his wife, Staci.

Clayborne returned to Belleville, Illinois where he found employment in the States Attorney’s Office. Two years later, he joined the law firm of Hinshaw and Culbertson. When Illinois Senator Kenneth Hall died in 1995, Clayborne was appointed to complete Hall’s unexpired term. The following year, Clayborne was elected to the Illinois Senate where he currently serves. Clayborne sits on the Committees of Appropriations, Commerce & Industry and Revenue, for which he is the Minority Spokesperson. A finalist for U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Clayborne was one of fifty attorneys selected nationwide to participate in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Law Institute.

In 1997, Clayborne received the “Friend of Education” Award from the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, for his “outstanding commitment to education.” In addition, he spearheaded a resolution to name a state office building in East St. Louis after his predecessor in the Senate, Kenneth Hall. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Wesley Bethel Methodist Church, Clayborne and his wife are the parents of four children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James Clayborne's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James Clayborne lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Clayborne talks about his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Clayborne talks about his parents and his sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Clayborne describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Clayborne talks about his memories of his neighborhood and elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Clayborne talks about his memories of the Follow Through program in elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Clayborne talks about his middle school and high school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James Clayborne talks about his decision to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - James Clayborne describes his years at Tennessee State University and Miami University School of law
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - James Clayborne talks about his first jobs at the Illinois State's Attorney's office and then at Hinshaw & Culbertson law firm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - James Clayborne describes his Illinois Senate appointment upon the passing of Illinois Senator Kenneth Hall in 1995
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - James Clayborne talks about his service in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Clayborne remembers fighting a motion to abolish the East St. Louis Board of Elections during his first term in the Illinois State Senate
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Clayborne talks about the impact of public service on him and his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Clayborne reflects upon influential role models including a grade school teacher, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. Dubois, and Carl Officer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Clayborne talks about the importance of teaching youth to use their voting power
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Clayborne discusses his role in improving education with the Illinois FIRST bill and in building a youth center in East St. Louis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Clayborne details the legislative process
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Clayborne talks about Illinois Governor George H. Ryan's Illinois FIRST bill
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Clayborne talks about legislative scholarships in the State of Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James Clayborne talks about improvements to medical coverage and housing aid in Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - James Clayborne talks about the role of race in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Clayborne talks about how he kept a small community college open
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Clayborne describes how his mother inspired him to fight for a community college at Southern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Clayborne talks about how he communicates with his constituents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Clayborne talks about The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Clayborne talks about his greatest achievement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Clayborne talks about African American leaders in the Illinois General Assembly and how they help African American communities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Clayborne describes how black businesses were not supported during The Civil Rights Movement