Butterfield Tapped for Chief Deputy Whip Post for the 116th Congress
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement regarding his appointment by House Majority Whip-Elect James E. Clyburn to serve as Chief Deputy Whip for the 116th Congress when it convenes in January:
“I am honored that my friend, Congressman Jim Clyburn, has given me the opportunity to serve in a senior position in the House Democratic Caucus as Democrats become the majority party in the House of Representatives.
“This is a critical moment in our Nation’s history. The Democratic Party has been entrusted with the opportunity to serve the American people by legislating in a responsible manner. We will pass important legislation to protect and empower families throughout our great country. We will promote an agenda to improve our economy, create jobs, and help low- and middle-income families. Undoubtedly, there will be new challenges, responsibilities, and opportunities ahead, and I am excited to help lead the Democratic Caucus in this role.”
Clyburn also named Representatives John Lewis (GA-05), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Peter Welch (VT-AL), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Pete Aguilar (CA-31), and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) to his Whip team for the 116th Congress.
As a Chief Deputy Whip, Butterfield will work with the Democratic leadership to help formulate policy and rally support for the Caucus’ legislative priorities on the House Floor. Congressman Butterfield is the first Democrat from North Carolina to serve in this role.