G. K. Butterfield

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George Kenneth "G.K." Butterfield, Jr. (born April 27, 1947, Wilson, NC), is a Democratic Representative to the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 1st Congressional district of North Carolina, NC-01. He was first elected to the House by a special election in July, 2004, to fill the seat vacated by Frank Ballance.



  • graduated from Charles H. Darden High School, Wilson, N.C.
  • B.A. in sociology and political science, North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C., 1971
  • J.D., North Carolina Central University School of Law, 1974

Military service

  • United States Army, 1968-1970


  • lawyer, private practice
  • North Carolina resident superior court judge, 1988-2001
  • North Carolina special superior court judge, 2002-2004
  • Justice of the North Carolina state supreme court, 2001-2002

Political history

  • elected to the 108th Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Frank Ballance
  • reelected to the succeeding Congress (July 20, 2004 to present).


  • divorced with two adult daughters.
  • member of Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church in Wilson.


Congressman Butterfield serves on the powerful House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Agriculture.

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