Butterfield Applauds Beasley Appointment to Chief Justice of NC Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) issued the following statement on Governor Roy Cooper’s appointment of Associate Justice Cheri L. Beasley to serve as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court:
“I applaud Governor Cooper’s appointment of Justice Cheri Beasley to serve as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
“During her distinguished career in public and judicial service, Justice Beasley has demonstrated herself as a remarkable legal mind and her character and reputation are beyond reproach. I am confident that as chief justice, she will serve with distinction and sound leadership.
“In 1999, Henry Frye became the state’s first African American Chief Justice. It is fitting that 20 years later, as we celebrate Black History Month, Justice Beasley will shatter another glass ceiling- becoming the first African American woman chief justice in North Carolina’s history.”
Congressman G. K. Butterfield served the North Carolina judiciary for 15 years. From 1988 to 2001, he served as Resident Superior Court judge, where he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties in North Carolina. For two years, he served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. After retiring from the judiciary, Butterfield was elected to serve North Carolina’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, where he continues to serve today.