Meet the lawmaker


What is your biggest political achievement?
Butterfield:
Oh, I guess concurrent-receipt payment for veterans. Disability payments beginning in 2009.

After a long night of votes, how do you unwind?
Butterfield:
Go to the Democratic Club, have a glass of wine and have no trouble sleeping.

What is the last book you read?
Butterfield:
The End of Oil by Paul Roberts.

Have you ever mentioned your position while getting a speeding ticket?
Butterfield:
I haven’t been pulled over. I try to be law-abiding. I was a former judge. If I was [pulled over], I wouldn’t [mention my position]. I find that reprehensible.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)
Time in Congress: One and a half years
Marital status: Divorced 
Age: 59
Residence: Wilson, N.C.



What vote would you redo?
Butterfield:
I’m satisfied with all my votes. None come to mind. I’ve only been here a year and a half.

What is the best and worst thing about Washington?
Butterfield:
Relationships I’ve developed with other members [of Congress]. Some of the privileges for members. Convenient parking. The worst, the traffic and the unfortunate extreme partisanship that permeates the Capitol.

Do you go to high school and college reunions?
Butterfield:
Yes. High school ones consistently. Haven’t missed one in 30 years. College homecomings often.

How many times have you said, “Do you know who I am?”
Butterfield:
Never, never, never, never — that would be foreign to my personality. If I heard another member [say that], I’d be offended for the person they’re talking to.

Finish this sentence: “My favorite place in the whole world is…”
Butterfield:
Outside of the country: Bermuda. Domestically, Williamsburg, Va.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Butterfield: Um, well, I’m a single man. My pleasure is to meet a pleasant, attractive, spiritual young lady and have dinner. And to meet people of different cultures and backgrounds. I grew up in the Deep South, where all was black and white. I appreciate meeting people from different backgrounds.