WASHINGTON, D.C. (WITN) – Congressman G.K. Butterfield announced today he will not seek another term in Congress.
Butterfield is a former Superior Court judge from Wilson who was first elected from North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District in 2004.
The Democrat called it a “difficult decision” not to run for re-election.
Butterfield made the announcement via a video posted on YouTub shortly after 12:00 noon.
New redistricting maps approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly turn the once Democratic-heavy 1st District into one that could favor a Republican candidate.
Democrats have vowed to challenge the new maps in court.
Butterfield is currently a Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the House and previously served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 114th Congress.
There is some speculation that State Senator Don Davis would run for Butterfield’s seat if he did retire. Today, Davis praised the congressman, but won’t talk about his future yet.
Already there is political jockeying thanks to Butterfield’s announcement.
State Rep. Kandie Smith of Greenville says she plans to run for state senate if Davis makes a congressional bid.
The long-standing member of Congress is receiving well wishes from sides of the aisle. GOP Senator Thom Tillis said Butterfield has been a key member of the North Carolina delegation and he will be missed.
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