Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC6) was unanimously elected House Majority Whip for the 116th Congress. His first act was to appoint Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC1) Chief Deputy Whip, which is the same role Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC10) held when House Republicans served as the leaders in the 115th Congress.
“I am honored that my friend, Congressman Jim Clyburn, has given me the opportunity to serve in a senior position in the House Democratic Caucus as Democrats become the majority party in the House of Representatives,” said Butterfield on Monday in a released statement.
As reported in The Wilson Times, Butterfield is the first Democrat from North Carolina to serve in the leadership role.
Respectively, Clyburn and Butterfield will be third and fourth ranking House Democrats in the 116th Congress, following Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA12) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD5). Clyburn and Butterfield are both past chairpersons of the Congressional Black Caucus.