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Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield Jr.’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jul 21, 2004 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Butterfield’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Butterfield’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Butterfield’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Butterfield caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Butterfield introduced 6 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 934: Electing a certain Member to …; H.R. 1964: Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina …; H.R. 3957: Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act …; H.R. 4439: Creating Hope Reauthorization Act; H.R. 6273: Protecting Vulnerable Americans in Times …; H.Con.Res. 106: Directing the Architect of the …

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to North Carolina Delegation

Of the 383 bills that Butterfield cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ranked 2nd most politically left compared to North Carolina Delegation

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Butterfield’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Was 4th most present in votes compared to North Carolina Delegation

Butterfield missed 2.4% of votes (23 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Butterfield’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got the 25th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Butterfield’s bills and resolutions had 130 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Ranked the 28th bottom/follower compared to House Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Butterfield’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 51st fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Butterfield cosponsored 383 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 14 others)

2 of Butterfield’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 3957: Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act …; H.R. 4439: Creating Hope Reauthorization Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Introduced the 54th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 20 others)

Butterfield introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Butterfield introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 6273: Protecting Vulnerable Americans in Times …

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Butterfield’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 4412: To prohibit the Bureau of …; H.R. 4439: Creating Hope Reauthorization Act; H.R. 5640: Data Mapping to Save Moms’ …; H.R. 8000: Ensuring Network Security Act; H.R. 8581: Triple A Study Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Committee Positions

Butterfield held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Butterfield’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.