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
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$2,837,500
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 in November 6, 2012. He is currently serving his fifth consecutive term. [1]

Butterfield is set to run for re-election in North Carolina's 1st congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to being elected in the House Butterfield served as a Judge for the Superior Court of North Carolina, as well as the Supreme Court of North Carolina.[2]

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.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Butterfield serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Butterfield served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Specific votes

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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Butterfield ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 1st District. Butterfield won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Butterfield defeated challenger Dan Whittacre in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[10]

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. [11]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[12] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[12][13]

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.[18]

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

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.[19]

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.[20]

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. [21]

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.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Butterfield's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-179,987 to $5,854,988. That averages to $2,837,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 61.30% from 2010.[23]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Butterfield's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,158,645 to $2,359,625. This averages out to $1,759,135 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

G.K. Butterfield voted with the Democratic Party 93.7% of the time, which ranked 62 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[27]

Personal

Butterfield is the father of two adult daughters..[28]

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BUTTERFIELD, George Kenneth, Jr. (G.K.), (1947 - )"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BUTTERFIELD, George Kenneth, Jr. (G.K.), (1947 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BUTTERFIELD, George Kenneth, Jr. (G.K.), (1947 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman G.K. Butterfield, 1st District of North Carolina "Committees"
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  9. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  10. [http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC/36596/80750/en/summary.html North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
  11. National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  13. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Clerk.house.gov "2006 vote records" April 16, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "G.K. Butterfield" Accessed May 16, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "G.K. Butterfield 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "G.K. Butterfield 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 29, 2011
  21. GovTrack, "G.K. Butterfield" Accessed April 2013
  22. LegiStorm, "G._K._Butterfield," Accessed September 25, 2012
  23. OpenSecrets.org "G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), 2010," Accessed September 25, 2012
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  28. 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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