George Kenneth Butterfield, Jr.


The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus George Kenneth aka “G. K.” Butterfield, Jr. is having a big year

Congressional Black Caucus is shaping debate on gun control, police brutality

Rep. G.K. Butterfield is a former NC Supreme Court justice, attorney

Colleagues say he’s fostered good relations with GOP leaders

“If we asked, ‘Who do we need?’ With every qualification, we would be writing the name ‘G.K. Butterfield.’ He is the right person for this time in history.”

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo

“They see what they see on television but (non-black people) don’t really connect the dots. (They’re) good people but they don’t fully understand the problem.”

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Black Caucus chairman

Using the ‘bully pulpit’

Much of the Congressional Black Caucus’ visibility this year has come in the form of rallies and press conferences to lobby for gun control legislation, criminal justice sentencing changes and improvements to police-community relations. The CBC, and the Democrats, have limited power this term because of the Republican majority in Congress.

The sit-in was the group’s most high-profile action, but it didn’t get the results Democrats wanted. Congress is on a nearly two-month break, after the House left without votes on gun control proposals for expanded background checks and “no-fly, no-buy” bills keeping suspected terrorists from buying guns.

“The CBC cannot be silent or passive as the black community is in crisis,” said Cleaver, who is among the scheduled speakers at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo

Adapted by: Anna Douglas: 202-383-6012, @ADouglasNews