G.K. Butterfield announces he will not seek reelection

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Butterfield is the newest Democrat to say they’re going to go away Congress because the occasion seeks to keep up their slim majority within the Home within the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. Butterfield is the sixteenth Democrat within the Home to announce plans to go away the chamber this cycle, following Rep. Jackie Speier of California who made public her plans on Tuesday.

“It’s time for me to retire, and permit the torch to be handed to somebody who shares the values of the district, and proceed the work I’ve labored so arduous for the previous 18 years,” Butterfield stated in a video announcement posted on Twitter.

In his announcement video, Butterfield blasted the new North Carolina congressional map, which was redrawn by the GOP-led state legislature and now has boundaries seemingly to offer Republicans a bonus within the state for the subsequent decade. On account of redistricting, the brand new 2nd Congressional District — the successor to Butterfield’s secure Democrat district — was made extra aggressive.

“The map that was just lately enacted by the legislature is a partisan map. It is racially gerrymandered. It’ll drawback African American communities all throughout the first congressional district. I’m dissatisfied, terribly dissatisfied with the Republican majority legislature for once more gerrymandering our state’s congressional districts and placing their occasion politics over the very best pursuits of North Carolinians,” Butterfield stated.

“Whereas I’m hopeful that the courts will finally overturn this partisan map, and see {that a} truthful map is enacted, I’ve made the troublesome determination that I can’t search reelection to the US Home of Representatives.”

A former decide and North Carolina Supreme Court docket justice, Butterfield first got here to Congress by profitable a 2004 particular election after former US Rep. Frank Ballance left workplace citing well being causes. Butterfield has represented North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District since then.

He serves as Home Democrats’ senior chief deputy whip and sits on the Vitality and Commerce and Home Administration committees.

Butterfield can also be a frontrunner within the Congressional Black Caucus and served as its chairman in 2015 and 2016.

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