George Kenneth Butterfield, Jr. (born April 27, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 1st congressional district, serving since 2004. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located in the northeastern corner of the state.
Early life and education
Butterfield grew up in a prominent black family in Wilson, North Carolina. Both of his parents had white ancestors. Butterfield's father emigrated to the United States from Bermuda.
Butterfield graduated from Charles H. Darden High School. He earned degrees in Political Science and Sociology from North Carolina Central University (NCCU). In 1974, he received a Juris Doctor degree from the NCCU School of Law.
Butterfield served honorably in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970.
U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield and David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of global aerospace leader, AAR, convened a roundtable discussion Thursday with local leaders in education, industry and the nonprofit sector on ways to close the skills gaps in America’s workforce that is creating barriers to hiring and job creation nationwide.
The roundtable, which follows President Obama’s recent visit to North Carolina on job creation, sought engagement by public-private partners working together to address workforce challenges.
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Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today announced the awarding of a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Greene County Health Care (GCHC). The grant will be used to provide primary health care services to underserved populations in Greene and Pitt counties, as well as migrant and seasonal farm workers in five adjacent counties.
“For almost 40 years Greene County Health Care has provided valuable health care services to Greene and Pitt counties most vulnerable residents,” Butterfield said.
Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the death of civil rights attorney Romallus Murphy:
“It is with deep sadness that I express my condolences to the family of my good friend, Romallus Murphy. A heralded intellectual and social justice activist, Romallus Murphy lived a purposeful and passionate life for what he loved—his community, equality, and, above all, his family.
“Romallus first became a prominent figure in the civil rights movement when in 1961 he challenged the City of Wilson’s unconstitutional election procedures, ...