Jaime Harrison

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Jaime Harrison
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Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party
In office
May 2013 – April 2017
Preceded byDick Harpootlian
Succeeded byTrav Robertson
Personal details
Born1975/1976 (age 42–43)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationYale University (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Jaime R. Harrison (born 1975/1976) is an American political operative. He was the Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party.

Early life[edit]

Harrison was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He was raised by his mother and his grandparents.[1] In 1994, he was selected to the United States Senate Youth Program. He attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School,[2] Yale University,[1] and Georgetown University Law Center.[3]


Harrison became involved in politics, working for Jim Clyburn as his floor director of operations while Clyburn was the Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives.[4] He also works as a lobbyist for the Podesta Group.[1][5] Harrison served as executive director of the House Democratic Caucus and the vice chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party.[3]

In May 2013, Harrison became the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He is the first African American to do so.[1][6]

Harrison declared his candidacy for chairperson of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the February 2017 election.[7][8] He defended his eight-year record at the Podesta Group, saying, "It's how I pay back the $160,000 of student loan debt."[9] His clients at the Podesta Group included banks such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo, financial giants Berkshire Hathaway and Avenue Capital Management,[10] pharmaceutical companies Merck[11] and Amylin, casinos such as Caesars and Harrah's; the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity; Walmart,[12] General Motors, Google, and Lockheed Martin.[13]

Harrison ended his bid for DNC chair on February 23, and endorsed Tom Perez.[14]

Harrison accepted a position as associate chairman and counselor of the DNC (appointed by Tom Perez).

Personal life[edit]

Despite their political rivalry, Harrison is friends with Matt Moore, the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. The two co-taught a course at the University of South Carolina during the fall semester of 2015.[15]

Harrison and his wife, Marie Boyd, live in Columbia, South Carolina.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Behre, Robert. "Harrison expected to lead Dems". Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Lee Tant. "D.C. lobbyist, former teacher stops by alma mater to encourage students". The T&D. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Ex-Clyburn aide seeks S.C. Dem chair". Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Hendren, Lee (February 12, 2013). "Orangeburg native seeks chairmanship of S.C. Democrats". The Times and Democrat. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Harrison, Jaime R: Lobbyist Profile, 2009". Open Secrets.
  6. ^ "Harrison is voted new chairman of SC Democrats". The Times and Democrat. May 5, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "SC Democrats' Harrison a frontrunner for DNC chair?". Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  8. ^ Coyne, Amanda (November 15, 2016). "SC Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison running for DNC chair". The Greenville News. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  9. ^ Dumain, Emma (November 14, 2016). "S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison launches bid to run DNC". The Post And Courier. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "Lobbying Spending Database Harrison, Jaime R, 2010 | OpenSecrets". www.opensecrets.org. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  11. ^ "Lobbying Spending Database Harrison, Jaime R, 2012 | OpenSecrets". www.opensecrets.org. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  12. ^ "LD-2 Disclosure Form". soprweb.senate.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  13. ^ "LD-2 Disclosure Form". soprweb.senate.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  14. ^ Kujawa, Dawn (February 23, 2017). "SC's Harrison drops bid for DNC chair". The State. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  15. ^ Landers, Elizabeth; Williams, Brenna (February 18, 2016). "Odd Couple: How a Republican and a Democrat became friends in South Carolina". CNN. Retrieved November 10, 2016.

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