Congressman G.K. Butterfield honored the late North Carolina State Senator Ralph A. Hunt Sr. in Washington
BY COLIN WARREN-HICKS
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and work of a dear friend, a North Carolina giant: The Honorable Ralph A. Hunt, Sr.,” Butterfield said. “He introduced the legislation that changed the election law in North Carolina to allow a 40 percent threshold to avoid a runoff in a primary.”
Sen. Hunt was involved in politics at the local and state levels for many years, serving five terms from 1985 to 1993 as a Democrat in the state Senate, where he held leadership roles as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and as majority whip.
Sen. Hunt grew up during an era of both legal and forced segregation in the South.
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