Pelosi Statement on Retirement of Congressman G.K. Butterfield

November 18, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Congressman G.K. Butterfield announced that he will retire at the end of his term:

“Congressman G.K. Butterfield is an esteemed and effective leader in the Congress and the Country, who has dedicated his life to fighting For The People.  From the courtroom to the Congress, Congressman Butterfield has made it his mission for expand opportunity in America, and he has succeeded.

“Following in his father’s footsteps, Congressman Butterfield has been a lifelong advocate for civil rights, leading the Congressional Black Caucus, spearheading initiatives to create jobs and fight poverty in Black communities and driving progress within our own institution, including legislation to remove statues of those who fought in the Confederacy from the halls of the U.S. Capitol.  Congressman Butterfield’s leadership to protect our elections and to fight voter suppression –  leading to passage of the SAFE Act and H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act – has made a difference in ensuring that every American can make their voice heard and have a say in their democracy.  On the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, he has been a strong voice to advance the health, financial security and well-being of all Americans, particularly those too often left out and left behind of the 21st Century Economy.

“Congressman Butterfield is a proud and beloved son of North Carolina, and his leadership has helped deliver a more equitable, prosperous and strong future for the people of the First District.  I join my Congressional colleagues in gratitude for Congressman Butterfield’s service and continued leadership through the remainder of his term, and we wish him, his wife Dr. Sylvia James and daughters Valeisha, Lenai and Tunya, the best as they begin their next chapter.”