Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) issued the following statement after he was sworn in as a member of the 115th Congress January 3rd, 2016, marking the official beginning of his seventh term representing the First Congressional District of North Carolina:
“I am honored by the trust the citizens of the First District have placed in me to represent them in Congress for a seventh term.
“As the 115th Congress begins, I am eager to get back to work as a strong advocate for North Carolinians. As Republican leadership begin talks of dismantling strides made to strengthen the health care and economic security of every American, I stand ready to protect the outgoing Administration’s legacy that put more Americans on a path forward. Today, I renew my commitment to working with my colleagues in Congress to create jobs, help more hard-working Americans put food on the table and have access to affordable health care, and protect the rights of all citizens. Constituents who need help with a federal agency or assistance receiving their benefits are urged to contact my office.
“I look forward to being a voice on pressing issues in North Carolina and I remain enthusiastic about working with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to advance responsible, progressive solutions to the challenges our state faces right now.
“I will continue to advocate for an America that works for us all and I plan to do everything I can to hold Republican leadership in Washington accountable every step of the way.”
Congressman G. K. Butterfield was first elected to Congress in a special election in 2004. He represents North Carolina’s First Congressional District which includes 14 counties in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina. Butterfield will maintain his existing office locations in Wilson and Durham which are dedicated to constituent services.
He is the immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He currently holds leadership positions as Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, Co-Chair of the Out-Of-Poverty Caucus, Co-Chair of the Pediatric Trauma Caucus, and Co-Chair of the State Medicaid Expansion Caucus. He serves as a senior member of the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce, including the Subcommittees on Health; Communications and Technology; and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.