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Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield

Representative for North Carolina’s 1st District

pronounced jorj // BUH-ter-feeld


Butterfield is the representative for North Carolina’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jul 21, 2004. Butterfield’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Butterfield is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Butterfield has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 1, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

George “G.K.” Butterfield sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Butterfield was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Butterfield sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (56%) Science, Technology, Communications (21%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Native Americans (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Butterfield recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Butterfield voted Yea

Butterfield voted Nay

Passed 378/48 on Apr 26, 2017.

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of …

Butterfield voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Butterfield voted Aye

Butterfield voted Aye

Butterfield voted Aye

Butterfield voted Aye

Butterfield voted Aye

Butterfield voted Aye

Butterfield voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Butterfield voted No

Missed Votes

From Jul 2004 to Dec 2022, Butterfield missed 585 of 12,116 roll call votes, which is 4.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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