Who is Congressman G.K. Butterfield
Over the past nine months of Congressman Butterfield’s ascension to the Chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus, I can confidently say four things when asked; "who is Congressman Butterfield?" First, Chairman Butterfield is committed to a national push for diversity with the country’s largest tech firms. Secondly, Congressman Butterfield is a long time ambassador for civil rights and the voting rights movement. Thirdly, Both Congressman and Chairman garner a high degree of respect and appreciation from his staff and colleagues on the Hill. And finally, it is clear to us that Congressman G.K. Butterfield loves his State of North Carolina, home to the country’s leading Colleges and Universities to include the nation’s leading HBCU for graduating mechanical and electrical engineers; NC A&T.
OGTV had the honor of being invited to join Congressman Butterfield’s office on the launch of the kick off of CBC Tech 2020 May of this year. This invite, for OGTV, was particularly important, as the launch of CBC Tech 2020 compliments OGTV’s national campaign to increase the number of minorities who engage in STEM education, and was established to increase the availability of STEM careers, and promote opportunities for minorities to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs. Two weeks after Congressman attending his first ALC Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC Week) as chairman of the Caucus, it is today our thrill to feature G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Tune in and watch Congressman Butterfield in action.
Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Jr. is a life-long resident of eastern North Carolina. Raised in Wilson, Congressman Butterfield spent his formative years attending Charles H. Darden High School, and worked tirelessly in the Civil Rights Movement as a young adult. His parents were Dr. & Mrs. G.K. Butterfield Sr. His father practiced dentistry for 50 years and served as one of North Carolina’s first black elected officials since Reconstruction. His mother was a classroom teacher for 48 years. Congressman Butterfield graduated from college and law school at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. After earning his law degree, Congressman Butterfield founded a law practice in Wilson, and served the community in that capacity for 12 years. He is best known for his successful litigation of voting rights cases that resulted in the election of African American elected officials throughout eastern North Carolina. In 1998 Congressman Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court Judge.
In this role, he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. For two years, he served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. Butterfield retired from the judiciary after 15 years of service and successfully ran for Congress. He was elected to serve the First District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, where he continues to serve today. Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce as the 5th most senior Democrat on the Heath Subcommittees of Communications and Technology, and Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade. Congressman Butterfield is a life-long member of Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church. In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low and middle class Americans. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a proud father and grandfather.
OGTV looks forward to continuing this feature story on Congressman Butterfield and his colleagues on the work they are doing at the CBC Tech 2020. Keep it Locked @ www.opengovtv.com In the meantime, to learn more about Congressman Butterfield, log onto this website @ https://butterfield.house.gov