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George Kenneth Butterfield Jr. (G.K.) is a Representative from North Carolina. Born in Wilson, North Carolina in 1947, he earned his B.A. from North Carolina Central University in 1971 and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1974. He served in the United States Army from 1968-1970, was a private practice lawyer, a North Carolina resident superior court judge from 1989-2001, a Justice of the North Carolina state supreme court from 2001-2002 and a North Carolina special superior court judge from 2002-2004. He was elected as a Democrat to the 108th Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Frank Ballance, and reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses until his resignation (July 20, 2004-December 30, 2022).