Butterfield tapped for leadership post
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
A recently re-elected congressman whose district includes Rocky Mount has been tapped for a leadership position.
U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-1st District, will serve as chief deputy whip for the 116th Congress when it convenes in January.
Butterfield, a Wilson native, is the first Democrat from North Carolina to serve in the role. He was appointed by House Majority Whip-elect James Clyburn.
“I am honored that my friend, Congressman Jim Clyburn, has given me the opportunity to serve in a senior position in the House Democratic Caucus as Democrats become the majority party in the House of Representatives," Butterfield said.
As a chief deputy whip, Butterfield will work with the Democratic leadership to help formulate policy and rally support for the caucus’ legislative priorities on the House Floor.
“This is a critical moment in our nation’s history," Butterfield said. "The Democratic Party has been entrusted with the opportunity to serve the American people by legislating in a responsible manner."
Butterfield said the House will pass important legislation to protect and empower families throughout the country.
"We will promote an agenda to improve our economy, create jobs and help low- and middle-income families," Butterfield said. "Undoubtedly, there will be new challenges, responsibilities and opportunities ahead, and I am excited to help lead the Democratic Caucus in this role.”
Clyburn also named Reps. John Lewis of Georgia; Jan Schakowsky of Illinois; Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida; and several other House Democrats to serve on his whip team.
Earlier this year, Butterfield, 71, won his seventh term representing the 1st District of North Carolina, which consists of 14 counties, including Edgecombe.