Butterfield's Chief of Staff Accepts Position at White House

Nov 21, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Office of Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) today confirmed that Tonya N. Williams, Chief of Staff to Congressman Butterfield, has accepted a position in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden as Director of Legislative Affairs.

“For more than three years Tonya Williams has been my valued adviser and trusted friend,” said Butterfield.  “As Chief of Staff, Tonya has been exemplary in her leadership of our team and tireless in her commitment to the needs of our constituency.  We are losing an essential member of our staff, but I wish her well in her new position.”

A native of Greenville, North Carolina, Tonya is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law.  While in law school, she developed an interest in international law and international affairs, which led to her studying International Human Rights and Comparative Law for a summer in Rome, Italy.  Following graduation, she spent a year traveling the world.  Upon her return, Tonya worked with NC Legal Services before accepting a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Loretta C. Biggs at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  Following her clerkship, she served as General Counsel to Senator Marc Basnight, President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate.  Before joining Congressman Butterfield’s staff, Tonya worked for GlaxoSmithKline as Director of IP Policy for North and South America. 

Ms. Williams will begin in her new position this week.