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Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D)

Leadership: Chief Deputy Whip
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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-3101

Address: 2305 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (252) 237-9816

Address: 216 North East Nash Street, Wilson NC 27893-3802

Durham NC

Phone: (919) 908-0164

Fax: (919) 908-0169

Address: 411 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham NC 20515-3616

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Sills, Dennis
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Sills, Dennis
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Sills, Dennis
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Lawrence, Jordun
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Malicdem, Aaron-John
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Piard, Christina
Community Engagement Coordinator
Rogers, Ray
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Sills, Dennis
Senior Legislative Assistant
Speight, Reginald
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Taylor, Annette
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Atterbury, Kim
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Sills, Dennis
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G.K. Butterfield Biography
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  • Elected: July 2004, 5th full term.
  • District: North Carolina 1
  • Born: Apr. 27, 1947, Wilson
  • Home: Wilson
  • Education:

    NC Central U., B.A. 1971, J.D. 1974

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1974-88.

  • Military Career:

    Army, 1968-70.

  • Political Career:

    NC Superior Ct., 1988-2001, 2002-04; NC Supreme Ct., 2001-02.

  • Ethnicity: Two or More Ethnicities
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Divorced; 2 children

Democrat G.K. (George Kenneth) Butterfield, who won a special election in July 2004, rarely makes headlines but is considered an important behind-the-scenes strategist for both the Democratic leadership and the Congressional Black Caucus. He is one of his party’s chief deputy whips and is first vice chair of the Black Caucus, the second-ranking leadership post. Read More

Democrat G.K. (George Kenneth) Butterfield, who won a special election in July 2004, rarely makes headlines but is considered an important behind-the-scenes strategist for both the Democratic leadership and the Congressional Black Caucus. He is one of his party’s chief deputy whips and is first vice chair of the Black Caucus, the second-ranking leadership post.

Butterfield grew up in Wilson County, where his father was a dentist and the first black elected official in Wilson in the 20th century. His mother was a schoolteacher for 48 years. He got his bachelor’s and law degrees from North Carolina Central University. A civil rights lawyer, Butterfield took on many voting rights cases. As a Superior Court judge for 12 years, he handled thousands of civil and criminal cases in 46 counties until February 2001, when Democratic Gov. Michael Easley appointed him to the state Supreme Court. After Butterfield lost election in 2002 to a full term, Easley appointed him as a special Superior Court judge.

In the July 2004 special election to replace the retiring Democratic Rep. Frank Ballance, who later pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in the operation of his antidrug foundation, party caucuses selected the nominees, and the six-week contest in the safe Democratic district received little local or national attention. Butterfield said that his priorities would be strengthening the rural economy and halting U.S. job losses. He won 71%-27% and has not been seriously challenged since.

In the House, Butterfield has a liberal voting record, particularly on economic matters. One of his issues was settling claims of up to 74,000 African-American farmers who were unfairly discriminated against when applying for Agriculture Department loans and programs between 1983 and 2010. He lobbied to include anexhibit in the new Capitol Visitor Center on the slave labor that was employed in building the Capitol and on the careers of the 22 African-Americans who served in Congress during and after Reconstruction. He also pushed for renewal of the Voting Rights Act, noting that his father lost his seat on the local city council in 1957 because of a discriminatory voting law change. He pressed Obama administration officials in early 2013 for the appointment of an African-American federal judge for North Carolina’s Eastern District, which covers the eastern third of the state and where more than one-quarter of the population is black.

A longtime friend of Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, Butterfield managed his successful campaign for majority whip in 2006. Butterfield subsequently became a chief deputy whip under Clyburn and kept the position in 2011 when Democrats reorganized after losing majority control of the House. In 2009, Butterfield also became secretary of the Black Caucus, an influential faction in the House, moved up to second vice chair two years later, and first vice chair two years after that. He has been less confrontational toward President Barack Obama than other CBC members and, along with Clyburn, was one of six in the group who supported the president’s 2010 bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With his connections to the leadership, Butterfield got a seat in 2007 on the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, where he has worked to prohibit states from passing on their Medicaid costs to counties. In his district, many counties spend more of their property-tax revenues on Medicaid than on public schools. He worked with Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, to get into law in 2012 a bill allowing pharmaceutical companies to receive faster Food and Drug Administration reviews of profitable drugs in return for developing treatments for rare pediatric diseases.

In 2009, he persuaded then-Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to ensure that more of the revenue from the Democrats’ proposed cap-and-trade system of carbon emissions swapping would be used to help low-income areas. However, the bill stalled in the Senate. He joined Waxman in pushing back against GOP claims that the Consumer Product Safety Commission was harming manufacturers, citing surveys showing strong public support for the agency.

The independent Office of Congressional Ethics investigated Butterfield and five other House members after The Wall Street Journal reported in March 2010 that the members did not return unused portions of their travel allowances. But the House Ethics Committee in January 2011 declined to take action against the members. The Washington Post reported in February 2012 that Butterfield helped secure $817,500 in federal funding for downtown development and revitalization projects located within a mile of 19 properties he owns in Wilson. He said in response that he sought the funding at the city’s request.

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G.K. Butterfield Election Results
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2012 General
George Butterfield (D)
Votes: 254,644
Percent: 75.32%
Peter DiLauro (R)
Votes: 77,288
Percent: 22.86%
2012 Primary
George Butterfield (D)
Votes: 89,531
Percent: 81.13%
Dan Whittacre (D)
Votes: 20,822
Percent: 18.87%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (59%), 2008 (70%), 2006 (100%), 2004 (64%), 2004 special (71%)
G.K. Butterfield Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 72 (L) : 28 (C) 85 (L) : 14 (C) 71 (L) : 28 (C)
Social 73 (L) : 24 (C) 69 (L) : 30 (C) 72 (L) : 27 (C)
Foreign 66 (L) : 32 (C) 65 (L) : 35 (C) 70 (L) : 28 (C)
Composite 71.2 (L) : 28.8 (C) 73.3 (L) : 26.7 (C) 71.7 (L) : 28.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC00
LCV9489
CFG617
ITIC-67
NTU1114
20112012
COC27-
ACLU-76
ACU45
ADA8575
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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