G.K. Butterfield

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G.K. Butterfield
G.K. Butterfield.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 1
Incumbent
In office
July 20, 2004-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorFrank Ballance (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.29 in 2012
First electedJuly 20, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,331,585
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina Special Superior Court Judge
2002-2004
Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
2001-2002
North Carolina Resident Superior Court Judge
1988-2001
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina Central University
J.D.North Carolina Central University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1968-1970
Personal
BirthdayApril 27, 1947
Place of birthWilson, North Carolina
ProfessionAttorney, Judge
Net worth$1,811,507.50
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
George Kenneth Butterfield (b. April 27, 1947, in Wilson, North Carolina) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

Butterfield was first elected to the House in 2004 for North Carolina's 1st Congressional District and won re-election on November 6, 2012. He is currently serving his fifth consecutive term.[1]

Butterfield is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Democratic primary election on May 6, 2014.[2]

Prior to being elected to the House, Butterfield served as a Judge for the Superior Court of North Carolina, as well as the Supreme Court of North Carolina.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Butterfield is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Butterfield was born in Wilson, North Carolina. He earned a B.A. from North Carolina Central University in 1971 and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University in 1974.[3]

Career

Butterfield served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. After earning his degrees, Butterfield worked as an attorney in private practice and later as a judge. He served as North Carolina Resident Superior Court Judge from 1988 to 2001, as Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 2001 to 2002 and as North Carolina Special Superior Court Judge from 2002 to 2004.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Butterfield serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Butterfield served on the following committees:[5]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Butterfield's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Butterfield voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Butterfield voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Butterfield voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[11] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[12] Butterfield voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[14] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Butterfield voted for HR 2775.[15]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Butterfield voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Butterfield voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Butterfield voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Butterfield voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Butterfield voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

G.K. Butterfield's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Butterfield is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Butterfield received a score of 71 percent on personal issues and 18 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Neutral
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[22]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[23] According to the report, Butterfield has helped obtain $817,500 over the past few years toward revitalizing buildings in Wilson, N.C. The lawmaker owns 19 properties within three-quarters of a mile of the project.[24]

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Butterfield is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Democratic primary election on May 6, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngG.K. Butterfield Incumbent 81.1% 60,847
Dan Whittacre 18.9% 14,147
Total Votes 74,994
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Butterfield won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 1st District. Butterfield defeated challenger Dan Whittacre in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[25] He went on to defeat Pete DiLauro (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

On March 30, 2012, the 1st District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting.[26]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[27] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[27][28]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngG.K. Butterfield Incumbent 75.3% 254,644
     Republican Pete DiLauro 22.9% 77,288
     Libertarian Darryl Holloman 1.8% 6,134
Total Votes 338,066
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, North Carolina District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngG. K. Butterfield Incumbent 81.1% 89,531
Dan Whittacre 18.9% 20,822
Total Votes 110,353

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Butterfield is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Butterfield raised a total of $3,331,585 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[33]

G.K. Butterfield's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 1) Won $901,274
2010 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 1) Won $828,117
2008 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 1) Won $792,329
2006 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 1) Won $387,424
2004 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 1) Won $422,441
Grand Total Raised $3,331,585

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Butterfield’s reports.[34]

G.K. Butterfield (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$238,638.30$46,507.40$(41,086.93)$243,788.77
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$243,788.77$97,574.48$(76,916.37)$264,446.88
October Quarterly[37]October 14, 2013$264,446.88$94,992.87$(84,324.68)$275,115.07
Year-End Quarterly[38]December 31, 2013$275,115$49,718$(62,450)$260,787
April Quarterly[39]April 11, 2014$260,787.75$129,917.00$(91,926.23)$298,778.52
Running totals
$418,709.75$(356,704.21)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Butterfield's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Butterfield won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Butterfield's campaign committee raised a total of $901,274 and spent $836,322.[40]

Cost per vote

Butterfield spent $3.29 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Butterfield's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Butterfield was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a fourth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $828,117 and spent $794,383.[41]
U.S. House, North Carolina District 1, 2010 - G.K. Butterfield Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $828,117
Total Spent $794,383
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $133,394
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $133,387
Top contributors to G.K. Butterfield's campaign committee
Taft, Taft & Haigler$16,800
Progress Energy$11,500
AT&T Inc$10,500
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Finmeccanica SpA$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$78,312
Electric Utilities$62,000
Health Professionals$52,949
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$40,300
Lobbyists$36,530

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Butterfield's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-20,967 and $3,340,988. That averages to $1,660,010, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Butterfield ranked as the 165th most wealthy representative in 2012.[42] Between 2004 and 2012, Butterfield's calculated net worth[43] increased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[44]

G.K. Butterfield Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,243,008
2012$1,660,010
Growth from 2004 to 2012:34%
Average annual growth:4%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Butterfield missed 343 of 6,599 roll call votes from Jul 2004 to Apr 2013, which is 5.2% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[47]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[48]

Butterfield most often votes with:

Butterfield least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Butterfield paid his congressional staff a total of $987,948 in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranked 7th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[49]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Butterfield ranked 121st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[50]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Butterfield was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 130th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[51]

Voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Butterfield has voted with the Democratic Party 93.7% of the time, which ranked 62nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[52]

Personal

Butterfield is the father of two adult daughters.[53]

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "BUTTERFIELD, George Kenneth, Jr. (G.K.), (1947 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressman G.K. Butterfield, 1st District of North Carolina, "Committees"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "G.K. Butterfield Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
  23. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  24. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  25. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results" accessed May 9, 2012
  26. National Journal, "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" accessed March 31, 2012
  27. 27.0 27.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012
  28. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
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  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Clerk.house.gov, "2006 vote records" April 16, 2013
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  35. Federal Election Commission, "G.K. Butterfield April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "G.K. Butterfield July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "G.K. Butterfield October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "G.K. Butterfield Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "G.K. Butterfield April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
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  41. Open Secrets, "G.K. Butterfield 2010 Election Data," accessed December 29, 2011
  42. OpenSecrets.org,"G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  44. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  47. GovTrack, "G.K. Butterfield" accessed April 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "G.K. Butterfield," accessed August 7, 2013
  49. LegiStorm, "G._K._Butterfield," accessed September 25, 2012
  50. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  53. Congressman G.K. Butterfield, 1st District of North Carolina, "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Ballance
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 1
2004–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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North Carolina Special Superior Court Judge
2002-2004
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
2001-2002
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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North Carolina Resident Superior Court Judge
1988-2001
Succeeded by
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