Rep. GK ButterfieldGeorge (GK) Kenneth Butterfield Democrats hope to pass the .75T Biden package this week North Carolina legislature approves new map of the US House of Representatives. (DN.C.) reportedly will not seek reelection next year, becoming the last Democratic congressman to announce his retirement before the 2022 midterm elections.
Spectrum 1 News reported Wednesday that Butterfield, who was first elected to Congress in 2004 to serve in North Carolina’s first congressional district, will not run for a 10th term next year.
Butterfield’s office did not confirm or deny the reports of the congressman’s retirement, but told Spectrum 1 News that “the official announcement will be made later today or tomorrow.”
The Hill has contacted the Butterfield office for more information.
News of Butterfield’s possible retirement announcement is another blow to Democrats, who appear to be facing an increasingly difficult path to maintain control of the House next year as more headlines announce that they will not run again for the House. post.
Nine House Democrats have announced that they will withdraw from Congress next year, setting the stage for a series of high-stakes battles for control of the House.
Republicans need to win five seats next year to get back in control of the House.
More recently, Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHouse Will Vote Wednesday To Censor Gosar From Committees 12:30 PM Report From The Hill – Presented By Facebook – Ninth House Dem Announces Retirement Gosar Defends Ocasio-Cortez Anime Video to the Republican Party MORE (D-Calif.) He announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection next year, saying he wants to “come home” and “be more than a wife, mother and weekend friend.”
New maps of Congress were approved in North Carolina, but its Republican-majority General Assembly, putting the congressman in a potentially competitive position. With the new maps, the Butterfield district would not include Democratic-leaning Greenville, Spectrum 1 News noted.
Democrats are suing the state over the news maps, claiming the lines were drawn for political purposes, which is unconstitutional in Tar Heel state, according to The Associated Press. The group leading the lawsuit was reportedly successful in an earlier litigation against the state Congressional maps.
Earlier this month, the Republican Congressional National Committee added Butterfield to its list of vulnerable Democrats targeted by the group ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
Butterfield represented parts of eastern North Carolina during his time in Congress. He previously served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus from 2015 to 2017.
Before joining Congress, Butterfield was appointed to serve on the North Carolina Supreme Court, where he authored more than 15 opinions on matters including court sentencing procedures, eminent domain, and the application of the death penalty, according to his House website.