G. K. Butterfield

Current Position: US Representative for District 1 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans.

Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (114th Congress). He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy. In the 116th Congress, Congressman Butterfield also sits on the Committee on House Administration where serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Elections.

David Price

Current Position: US Representative since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

David Price represents North Carolina’s Fourth District a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes all of Orange County, the majority of Wake County, and the southern part of Durham County. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, David was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.  He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.

Source: Government page

Alma Adams

Current Position: US Representative for District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services).

One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

Source: Government page

G. K. ButterfieldG. K. Butterfield

Current Position: US Representative for District 1 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans.

Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (114th Congress). He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy. In the 116th Congress, Congressman Butterfield also sits on the Committee on House Administration where serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Elections.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for District 1 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans.

Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (114th Congress). He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy. In the 116th Congress, Congressman Butterfield also sits on the Committee on House Administration where serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Elections.

About

G. K. Butterfield 1

Source: Campaign page

Congressman G. K. Butterfield is a life-long resident of eastern North Carolina. Raised in Wilson, Congressman Butterfield spent his formative years attending Charles H. Darden High School and worked tirelessly in the Civil Rights Movement as a young adult. His parents were Dr. & Mrs. G. K. Butterfield, Sr. His father practiced dentistry for 50 years and served as one of North Carolina’s first black elected officials since Reconstruction. His mother was a classroom teacher for 48 years.

Congressman Butterfield graduated from college and law school at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. After earning his law degree, Congressman Butterfield founded a law practice in Wilson and served the community in that capacity for 13 years. He is best known for his successful litigation of voting rights cases that resulted in the election of African-American elected officials throughout eastern North Carolina.

In 1988, Congressman Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court judge. In this role, he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. For two years, he served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. Butterfield retired from the judiciary after 15 years of service and successfully ran for Congress. He was elected to serve the First District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, where he continues to serve today.

In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans.

Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (114th Congress). He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy. In the 116th Congress, Congressman Butterfield also sits on the Committee on House Administration where serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Elections.

Congressman Butterfield is a life-long member of Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a proud father and grandfather.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • North Carolina Resident Superior Court Judge
    1988 to 2001
  • Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
    2001 to 2002
  • North Carolina Special Superior Court Judge
    2002 to 2004

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1947
Place of Birth: Wilson, NC
Gender: Male
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Children: Valeisha & Lenai

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2080 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3101

Durham Office
2741 Campus Walk Avenue Bldg. 400, Ste. 300
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 908-0164
Fax: (919) 908-0169

Wilson Office
216 NE Nash Street, Suite B
Wilson, NC 27893
Phone: (252) 237-9816
Fax: (252) 291-0356

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter, Campaign Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for District 1

G.K. Butterfield (D)190,45769.8%
Roger Allison (R)82,21830.2%
TOTAL272,675

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

BUTTERFIELD JR, GEORGE KENNETH (GK) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,378,652.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Committee on Energy and Commerce Members
Committee on House Administration Members
Joint Committee on the Library Members

Subcommittees

House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology
House Subcommittee on Health
House Subcommittee on Energy

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Grow Our Economy & Create Jobs
Overview
Congressman Butterfield is committed to the policies that will help grow our economy and produce job opportunites for the people of the First District and across the state. The strength and ingenuity of the First District can power North Carolina into a new era of prosperity.

‘Make it in America’
Congressman Butterfield is dedicated to helping the American workforce by encouraging businesses to manufacture products within the nation and promoting the export of American goods. With this increase in manufacturing, Americans deserve a thorughtful energy plan that will not only supply its energy demands, but also create green jobs. Creating relationships between local and global businesses will produce opportunities for market expansion, innovation, and job creation.

Build a 21st Century Infrastructure
Congressman Butterfield hopes to maintain and improve all modes of transportation from high and rail, to airports and sea ports. A connected North Carolina provides job opportunities, moving commerce, and a stronger connection with the global economy.

Invest in Rural Communities
As a senior member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Butterfield’s goal is to connect the rural communities of the First Distrcit to the global exchange of technology. Providing agricultural producers with access to world markets, employment opportunities, federal assistance, and new methods of production are critical if rural communities are to thrive.
Expand Opportunity
Overview
Congressman Butterfield believes that hard work and responsibility should be rewarded. The people of the First District deserve equal and fair access to the tools and opportunities that allow them to compete in the global workforce, earn decent wages, and have a fair shot at obtaining the American dream.

Improve Education and Give Children a Head Start
As the son of a school teacher, Congressman Butterfield knows that education is the best investment we can make in our nation’s future.  Early childhood programs such as Head Start and quality primary education will give children the solid foundation to compete in the global workforce, earn fair wages and lead our nation forward.

Train North Carolinians for Jobs of the Future
Congressman Butterfield believes bold action is needed to bridge the gap between those looking for jobs and employers looking for skilled workers. Strengthening our competitiveness begins with providing North Carolinians with tools to succeed through expanding access to high quality education and innovative training programs. Doing so will grow the pool of highly skilled workers that companies are looking for to grow their businesses.

Promote Women’s Economic Agenda
Congressman Butterfield is committed to breaking down the barriers to equal pay and employment for women. True opportunity requires that all people, regardless of their gender, have equal access to the rights, benefits, and opportunities defined by our Constitution. Congressman Butterfield supported President Obama in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, which provides a remedy for women and men who have been victims of pay discrimination.

End Poverty & Hunger
Overview
Congressman Butterfield understands that a weakened U.S. economy depresses incomes, strains households, and eliminates entire job markets, making it harder for families to stay healthy and provide for their loved ones. He will continue to protect and improve crucial safety net programs that help families get back on their feet after unexpected challenges.

Make Sure No Child Goes Hungry
As Co-chair of the Out of Poverty Caucus and member of the Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, Congressman Butterfield will continue to protect and strengthen crucial safety net programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which help families get back on their feet after unexpected challenges. These critical programs are absolutely essential to keep children and families from going hungry while helping get people back to work.

Provide Access to Affordable, Quality Healthcare
As an influential leader on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Butterfield is committed to ensuring that Americans have access to health care. He played a supportive role in the development of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has given millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans access to affordable healthcare.

Increase Affordable Housing Options
Congressman Butterfield believes that homeownership is a key part of achieving the American Dream.  Homeownership constitutes the bulk of wealth for the majority of American households and represents a stepping stone into the middle class.

Protect Voting Rights
Overview
As former civil rights attorney and advocate of voting rights, Congressman Butterfield believes the right to vote embodies the spirit of American democracy. He works tirelessly to eliminate barriers that prevent North Carolinians from exercising their right to vote in free and fair elections.

Fight for Voting Rights Nationwide
Congressman Butterfield is dedicated to protect the right to vote for all Americans. On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 (b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).  The historic VRA prohibits racial discrimination in elections.  Section 4 of the VRA is the formula that designates certain areas of the country that must have proposed changes to their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court before implementing those changes.  Without an enforceable Section 4, the VRA has been exploited by extreme and conservative state legislatures in an effort to suppress minority voters.  Congressman Butterfield will not let this setback to the VRA hinder America’s progress for equality and representative democracy.

Fight for Voting Rights in NC
Congressman Butterfield is fighting to stop the aggressive efforts to disenfranchise voters in North Carolina. The right to vote for all eligible adults embodies the spirit of American democracy and should be protected.
Support Our Military & Veterans
Overview
As a veteran of the U.S. Army, Congressman Butterfield believes we need to do more for our veterans and servicemembers. One of the most important aspects of his job in Congress is to proudly represent and support servicemembers and their families of the First District, which is home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.

Provide Education to Our Veterans
A long-time advocate of our men and women in uniform, Congressman Butterfield believes that educational benefits are important steps towards honoring those who serve and helping them prepare for civilian life. He is working to resolve an inequity in existing law that allots fewer education funds to veterans who attend public institutions of higher learning.

Improve Veterans Healthcare
Congressman Butterfield demands that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs quickly make meaningful reforms to remedy the problems within the VA healthcare system so our veterans can start receiving the high quality care they deserve. As a country, we must support those who protect our freedom and provide them with quality healthcare.

Honor Merchant Mariners
Congressman Butterfield is committed to honoring the brave men and women who served our country in the Merchant Marines during World War II and have gone unrecognized for their service.  Through no fault of their own, these selfless individuals have been unable to prove their service in the Merchant Marines because the documents needed to prove service either did not survive over time or never existed at all.  Congressman Butterfield believes now is the time to stand-up for these great Americans and give them the recognition they rightly deserve.

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David PriceDavid Price

Current Position: US Representative since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

David Price represents North Carolina’s Fourth District a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes all of Orange County, the majority of Wake County, and the southern part of Durham County. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, David was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.  He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.

Source: Government page

Summary

Current Position: US Representative since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

David Price represents North Carolina’s Fourth District a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes all of Orange County, the majority of Wake County, and the southern part of Durham County. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, David was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.  He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.

Source: Government page

About

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Source: Government page

From Educator to Congressman

David Price represents North Carolina’s Fourth District a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes all of Orange County, the majority of Wake County, and the southern part of Durham County. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science.  Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, David was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.  He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.

David is North Carolina’s only member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.  He also serves on the Subcommittee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. He also serves on the House Budget Committee. He is a recognized leader on foreign policy, serving as Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership and an outspoken advocate for Middle East peace.  In North Carolina, David’s constituents know him as a strong supporter of education, accessible health care, affordable housing, clean air and water, scientific research, and improved transportation alternatives.

Personal Background

Born in 1940, David grew up in the small town of Erwin in eastern Tennessee, where his father was a high school principal and his mother was an English teacher.  David studied at Mars Hill College and then at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar.  He earned his B.A. in 1961 and continued his education at Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree (1964) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (1969).

David and his wife Lisa were married in 1968 and settled in Chapel Hill in 1972.  After being a stay-at-home mother for many years, Lisa worked for Chapel Hill Mayor Ken Broun and then went on to help to found North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.  She was its Executive Director until retiring in 2007.  The Prices have two children and two grandchildren: Karen, a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles, and Michael, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Brunel University in London.  David and Lisa are proud grandparents of Charles Albert Price (born in 2006) and Margaret Elizabeth Price (born in 2009).

David is a member of Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, where he has taught Sunday School and chaired the official board.

Recognized Leadership

In addition to his leadership on the Appropriations Committee and the House Democracy Partnership, David serves as a Vice Chair on the House Democracy Reform Task Force, a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and a co-chair of the Democratic Policy Group.  Price also co-chairs the Democratic Caucus Faith Working Group, the National Service Caucus, the Congressional Vision Caucus, the Congressional Humanities Caucus, and the Moldova Caucus.

Price has received numerous awards and honors for his work as a legislator.  He has been named a Lifetime Champion by the North Carolina Justice Center, a Champion of Science by the Science Coalition, a Distinguished Community Health Champion by the National Association of Community Health Centers, and a Legislator of the Year by the Sierra Club of North Carolina, the North Carolina Low-Income Housing Coalition, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and other organizations.  He is a recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Award from the American Political Science Association, the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of National Service, the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award from the United States Coast Guard, the Good Government Award from Common Cause of North Carolina, and the Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, among others.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Faculty
    Yale University
    1967 to 1973
  • Professor
    Duke University

    973-1986, 1995-1996

  • Staff director of the commission on presidential nomination for the Democratic National Committee
    1981 to 1982
  • Chair
    North Carolina Democratic Party
    1983 to 1984

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1940
Place of Birth: Erwin, TN
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Spouse: Lisa Price
Children: Michael Price, Karen Price

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2108 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.1784
Fax: 202.225.2014

Chapel Hill-Durham Office
1777 Fordham Blvd
Suite 204
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: 919.967.7924
Fax: 919.967.8324

Raleigh Office
436 N. Harrington St
Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919.859.5999
Fax: 919.859.5998

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Democratic Primary for 4th District

David Price (D)151,93886.7%
Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)23,20913.3%
TOTAL175,147

Finances

PRICE, DAVID E has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $5,175,645.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Appropriations
House Committee on the Budget

Subcommittees

Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
   Chair
Homeland Security, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Appropriations & Budget

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and member of the House Budget Committee, I have fought consistently for robust investments in education, innovation, infrastructure, and the other things that make our nation strong, while also working to promote fairness and fiscal responsibility in the federal budget process.

In the current Congress, I serve as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, which oversees federal transportation and housing funding. I also serve on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.

My role as the only Appropriations Committee member from North Carolina has also allowed me to ensure that our state gets its fair share of federal resources by fighting for programs and projects on which it depends, including scientific and biomedical research. I have also secured funding for a wide range of local projects that directly benefit the Fourth District.

As your representative, I will continue to fight for a federal budget that protects critical domestic investments while also charting a responsible path back to fiscal balance. I hope you will keep in touch with me as Congress debates these important issues.

Campaign Reform

I believe we are at a tipping point in the short history of campaign finance reform: We can either stand by the common-sense reforms enacted after the Watergate scandal, or we can cede control of political campaigns entirely to the wealthy and monied interests.  The responsible choice is clear.

I have been at the forefront of Democratic efforts to protect our electoral process and have authored legislation, the Empowering Citizens Act, which would modernize and refine the presidential campaign financing system, create a new small donor matching system for congressional campaigns, and establish clear rules on coordination between candidates and “Super PACs.”  These commonsense, concrete steps would diminish the influence of high-dollar special interests in our elections and encourage grassroots participation at all levels of politics.

I am the author of the “Stand By Your Ad” requirement, which requires candidates to appear in, and claim responsibility for, the content of their campaign ads.  I also reintroduced my “Stand By Every Ad” legislation, which would extend the original Stand By Your Ad requirement to Super PACs.

Education

America’s children are her greatest resource, and federal support for public education is essential to ensuring that our young people can fulfill their potential and grow into the leaders, innovators, and productive workers of tomorrow. As a product of our state’s public university system and a career educator myself, I have always regarded education as my highest priority in the Congress. My successful legislative initiatives include the Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation, which supports innovative curricula and teaching methods at community colleges; the law making interest on student loans tax-deductible; and national scholarships for prospective teachers modeled on our state’s successful Teaching Fellows program.

Today, the challenges facing our education system are many, from reforming and improving the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, or “No Child Left Behind”), to making sure children from all walks of life, including those with disabilities, have equal opportunities to learn. In order to keep the doors of opportunity open to all students who strive for a bright future, we must ensure that a college education is accessible and affordable; I have supported student loan reforms which have eliminated “middlemen” and made more funds available to students on better terms. We must also take additional steps to attract and retain teachers and to provide our students with the resources they need to succeed.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am fighting to avoid teacher layoffs and other ill-advised cuts in education funding. I believe strongly that quality education is the essential key to our economic competitiveness and prosperity, and that current efforts to cut education funding in the name of reducing the budget are dangerously misguided and counterproductive.

As your Representative, I will continue to fight to preserve and expand educational opportunities in the Fourth District and throughout the country. As Congress continues to debate education policy, I hope you will keep in touch with your views.

Energy & Environment

The wise stewardship of our natural resources is critical to our nation’s national security, public health, and quality of life, and I am a staunch supporter of efforts to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat from environmental contamination.

In order to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment – today and for future generations – we must continue to build on landmark environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. We must also continue to provide robust funding for programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the National Park Service, which help protect important wild places and make them accessible to the public. Coming from a family of avid animal lovers, I am also a strong supporter of legislation to protect animals, wildlife, and the habitat on which they depend.

In the Fourth District, we also understand the importance of new energy and environmental technologies to our economic development, and I have worked as a member of the Appropriations Committee to promote federal investments in environmental research, renewable energy technologies, and other “green” industries that will be essential to our future economic competitiveness. I am a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, and together we are working to promote a more sustainable national energy policy that includes conservation and renewable energy provisions and moves us away from our dependence on fossil fuels.

Unfortunately, in the previous Congress our landmark environmental laws and our investments in a cleaner and greener future came under threat like never before. As your Representative, I will continue working to resist attempts to undercut critical environmental laws and to provide adequate funding for energy and environmental research. As Congress debates these important issues, I hope you will keep in touch with your views.

Foreign Policy

Our nation is facing new and renewed national security challenges. The brutal attacks in Paris and San Bernardino underscore the grave threat posed by Daesh, also known as the Islamic State. President Obama’s multifaceted strategy for confronting this threat has succeeded in recovering more than 40 percent of the territory held by Daesh in Iraq, but we must not relent in our efforts to combat this scourge.

American foreign policy should emphasize our role as a force for global peace and stability and as an exemplar of democratic values. In the current Congress, I serve as co-chair of the House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission of the House of Representatives that provides support to parliaments in developing democracies. I was also instrumental in securing congressional support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement, which I strongly believe will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, and I have spearheaded successful efforts to improve transparency and accountability for private military contractors.

Gun Violence Prevention

I have always believed that reasonable measures that reduce gun violence and keep firearms out of the wrong hands are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have tried to advance commonsense reforms that protect our communities from harm while still allowing responsible, law-abiding citizens to own and use guns. Our current laws are failing us, and I refuse to believe that this issue is too complicated or too politically divisive to be addressed comprehensively and effectively.

As a Vice Chair of the House Democrats’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I have helped lead the effort within Congress to help prevent tragedies from recurring. The Task Force’s proposal calls for a reinstatement of federal bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, universal background checks on gun sales, and expanded support for mental health services. The proposal also encourages the expansion of critical law enforcement activities to reduce gun violence–such as local gun buy-back programs–and removing misguided restrictions on research into the causes of gun violence in our communities.

On the Appropriations Committee, I have led efforts to eliminate the federal ban on funding for gun violence research, which has been in place for decades. I strongly believe that this ban is outdated and misguided, and that academic research could provide important insights that could help reduce the impact of gun violence.

In an effort to jump-start consideration of comprehensive reforms, Democrats in Congress have also introduced several stand-alone bills to strengthen and improve our nation’s gun laws. Among other measures, I am a cosponsor of legislation to expand background checks and close the “gun show loophole” that allows as many as 40 percent of all guns sold in the United States to change hands without proper screening; legislation to repeal the so-called “Tiahrt restrictions” that prevent federal agencies from enforcing anti-gun trafficking laws; and legislation that would impose stricter penalties on gun dealers who skirt the law.

These bills represent sensible–and in some cases, bipartisan–reforms that would have a measurable impact on the safety of our schools and communities without preventing law-abiding citizens from using guns for self defense or recreational purposes. President Obama has made clear that achieving progress on this issue is a priority for his second term; it is now up to Congress to fulfill its responsibilities and pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence.

Housing and Community Development

All Americans should have access to a safe, affordable place to call home, but too many families in North Carolina and around the country are denied this basic necessity. Greedy, irresponsible behavior in the subprime mortgage market, abetted by lax or nonexistent regulation has made matters much worse and contributed to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, leaving far too many families in desperate situations.

As the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, I strongly support adequate funding for a broad range of programs designed to promote affordable housing, homeownership, and community development. We have a responsibility to work together to bring the American dream within reach for as many as possible.

Military and Veterans 

We must ensure that our government makes good on its obligation to provide them with adequate health care, educational and career opportunities, and other support services. We must also ensure that those who continue to serve on active duty have the support they need from back home, whether it is adequate protective equipment, compensation for extended or repeated tours of duty, or sufficient training and recuperation time between tours.

I firmly believe that, while we must work to reduce the deficit and eliminate the debt, we must ensure that our national checkbook is not balanced on the backs of men and women who have served–and sacrificed–for our country.

As a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations, I have fought over the years to ensure that the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have the resources they need to meet the needs of service members and veterans in the Fourth District and across the country.

Transportation & Infrastructure

As Chairman of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I lead the committee that oversees federal transportation and housing funding. These are vitally important issues in the Fourth District and throughout North Carolina. Our highways and railroads are crumbling and overcrowded, and affordable housing is all too scarce in our communities. I believe that since the House flipped in 2011, the policies of the Republican majority have left these programs chronically underfunded.

First and foremost, we must maintain our roads, highways and interstates, and bridges, which are critical to our economic prosperity as well as our quality of life. But new and widened roads alone cannot solve the traffic congestion and other problems that have become a part of daily life for many Fourth District residents. I am a strong supporter of “smart growth” development, which emphasizes greater coordination of housing, public transportation, and economic development plans at the local level, as well as an advocate for a “complete streets” policy that improves transportation options for all users – including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, older persons, individuals with disabilities, and motorists. I have worked with local leaders to advance a plan for expanded bus and regional rail, and have also helped lead the fight in Congress to expand and improve high-speed rail in critical corridors, including the Southeast. We simply must develop a true multi-modal transportation strategy in order to keep pace with our community’s needs.

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Alma AdamsAlma Adams

Current Position: US Representative for District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services).

One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

Source: Government page

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services).

One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

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Dr. Alma S. Adams was elected to her third full term representing the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina on November 6, 2018. After winning a special election in November 2014, Congresswoman Adams was sworn in immediately as the 100th woman elected to the 113th Congress.

 

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services). One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

 

Representative Adams has previously served on the Joint Economic Committee and in several leadership positions including Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Vice Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, and ranking member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulation. The Congresswoman is a co-founder of the Black Maternal Health Caucus with Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus to promote bipartisan legislation that supports HBCUs and their graduates. Since its inception, the caucus has:

Coordinated the Diversity & Tech program, which fosters engagement, collaboration, and partnership between fortune 500 companies, government and industry leaders, and HBCUs.
Fostered additions to the Farm Bill, which includes 40 million dollars to HBCUs for scholarships, funding for newly established centers of excellence in agriculture, and additional funding for agricultural research and cooperative extension for 1890 land grant universities.
Established the annual HBCU Braintrust, which allows faculty, staff and students from historically black colleges to visit the nation’s capital to promote their institutions with government officials and corporate leaders.
She is also a part of the Women’s Caucus, Diabetes Caucus, Autism Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Progressive Education Caucus, Historic Preservation Caucus, AIDS/HIV Caucus, Hunger Caucus, Medicaid Expansion Caucus, and the Art Caucus.

 

Throughout her career, Representative Adams has promoted quality education for all students, spearheading numerous pieces of legislation to boost funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has also introduced legislation to provide nutritious breakfast in schools and supports increased pay for teachers. For 40 years, Dr. Adams taught Art at Bennett College. While at Bennett, she led the effort to increase student civic participation coining the phrase “Bennett Belles are Voting Belles” and organizing annual marches to the polls. As a former educator, Rep. Adams has dedicated her career to improving the lives of young people and her community. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal, the highest award presented by her alma mater to an individual who fights against social injustice and helps improve the world.

 

In 1994, Dr. Adams was appointed by her peers to serve in the North Carolina House District 26 seat. She went on to serve ten terms in the state House. During her tenure, she rose to become the chair of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus and was instrumental in passing legislation that improved the climate for quality affordable health care in the state. Representative Adams also pioneered the Displaced Homemakers Bill and successfully spearheaded the state’s first minimum wage increase in nine years.

 

Before serving as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly, Congresswoman Adams served nine years on the Greensboro City Council. Throughout her service to the second district in Greensboro, Dr. Adams worked to create safe and affordable housing and for the revitalization of neighbors. She began her political career in the 1980’s by becoming the first African American woman ever elected to the Greensboro City School Board. It was then that she made a lifetime commitment to effecting social change in her community and beyond.

 

Congresswoman Adams has one daughter, Linda Jeanelle Lindsay, one son Billy E. Adams II, and four grandchildren: Joslyn Lindsay, Aaron Lindsay, Billy E. Adams III, and Miracle Sumner. Adams graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1968 and received her master’s degree in Art Education in 1972. She earned her Ph.D. in Art Education and Multicultural Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1981.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Faculty
    Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C.
    1972 to 2012
  • Member
    Greensboro, N.C., School Board
    1984 to 1986
  • Member
    Greensboro, N.C., City Council
    1987 to 1994

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1946
Place of Birth: High Point, NC
Gender: Female
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Children: Linda Jeanelle Lindsay, Billy E. Adams

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
222 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3312
Phone: 202-225-1510
Fax: 202-225-1512

Charlotte District Office
801 E Morehead Street
Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-344-9950
Fax: 704-344-9971

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 12 District

Alma Adams (D)203,97473.1%
Paul Wright (R)75,16426.9%
TOTAL279,138

Finances

ADAMS, ALMA has run in 14 races for public office, winning 14 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,124,492.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Agriculture
House Committee on Education and Labor
House Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittees

Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations
Workforce Protections
Higher Education and Workforce Investment
Diversity and Inclusion

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Standing up for Women

“I will always fight for a woman’s right to choose and the right to privacy. Reproductive issues are medical related issues and they should be kept private between a woman and her doctor.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams’ support for women’s reproductive rights is widely known throughout the district, the state and perhaps nationally. Alma has led the way as the key spokesperson in the NC General Assembly on this issue. She has been clear in all of her comments that women should make the choice about their body and that a woman cannot call herself free if she does not own and control her own body.

Now, more than ever, American households are relying on women for their primary source of income – and yet our country still pays women only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. While Congress took an important step in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act, there is much more we need to do to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. In Congress, Alma will fight to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to make it easier for women to know when they are being discriminated against and to prevent big corporations from retaliating against women who ask questions.

Improving Public Education

“As a retired educator I have seen first-hand the impact a great education can have on a young person’s life. I will always be a champion for public schools, our teachers, and our children.” – Alma Adams
Education has always been a top priority to Alma Adams. As a retired educator, Alma knows quality education opens up opportunities for anyone to live the American Dream. Alma has relentlessly fought against the reckless cuts to our public education system in North Carolina.

Alma Adams will always stand up and fight for our public schools. She knows a good public education is an American value, and she will work to provide a good public education for everyone.

Adams opposes any school voucher program. She will always fight for the public schools to get the funding they need and deserve so everyone can have access to a quality education.

Alma understands the challenges facing public education as well as anyone. She knows it is getting harder and harder for students to attend colleges and universities. In Congress, Alma will work to provide more scholarships and reduce the rates on student loans. She will also help reduce the debt for current and immediate past students who are struggling to pay off their loans.

Providing Affordable & Quality Healthcare

“Health insurance needs to be affordable and available for everyone, not just the wealthy. I will always fight to improve the access, level of care, and affordability of health care.” – Alma Adams
Everyone should have access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act has moved us further in that direction. Alma Adams supports prohibiting insurance companies denying coverage for preexisting conditions. She also supports allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance policy until the age of 26.

The focus on preventive care services is vital to improving our health as well as lowering medical bills. Alma encourages routine check-ups, and she supports a no-copay policy for regular preventative care services.

Preventative care for women is certainly important to Alma. She supports increasing access to women’s health clinics to provide mammograms, cervical screenings, other preventative services, and family planning.

Health insurance needs to be affordable and available for everyone. That’s why Alma supports government discounts for insurance based upon income. She also supports tax incentives for small businesses that provide coverage for their employees.

Strengthen Middle Class

“We must strengthen the middle class in order to build a stronger American economy.” – Alma Adams
Creating and retaining good paying jobs should be the primary focus in Congress. There are things we need to do in order to strengthen and protect the middle class right here in North Carolina.

We must invest in public education and job training programs so businesses can hire a skilled work force. We must also invest in our infrastructure which would put Americans back to work building highways, bridges, railways, and ports that are critical in a global economy.

Small businesses and the middle class are the backbone of our economy. They need the resources to compete. We need to give small businesses tax cuts so they can create jobs. They also need easier access to borrowing power so they can expand their businesses and invest in people.

Women and minorities need to be given more opportunities and resources to succeed in the business world.

Alma has always been a strong advocate for the middle class. A strong middle class means a stronger American economy. She supports giving more tax cuts to the middle class and raising the minimum wage – indexing it to the rate of inflation. By putting more money in the hands of hard working Americans, companies can sell more products, appliances, cars, and other items that will continue to spur our economic growth.

Protecting Seniors 

“We must keep our promise to our seniors in the form Medicare and Social Security. I’ll fight against any attempt to privatize Social Security or defund Medicare.” – Alma Adams
Keeping our promise to our seniors in the form of Medicare and Social Security should be a top priority. They have paid into these programs their entire working lives so we cannot raid the benefits which they have already earned.

In Congress, Alma Adams will be an outspoken advocate for protecting and funding Social Security and Medicare.

FIGHTING FOR EQUAL RIGHTS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

“It’s time for Congress to act, restore the Voting Rights Act, and take action to prevent voter disenfranchisement. As your next Congresswoman, I will stand up to the extremists in the Republican Party to ensure civil rights are protected for everyone.” – Alma Adams
We must do more for civil rights pertaining to all minorities, women, and the LGBT community. Alma is a co-sponsor of the Equality Act in Congress, and strongly opposes House Bill 2.

The number one concern at the federal level is the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned critical sections of the Voting Rights Act.

Specifically Congress needs to rework section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 so that current section 5 (still existing) can be applicable. Section 4 sets out the criteria that was necessary for the Voting Rights Act to be implemented, and since changes have occurred in voting patterns since the act was implemented the criteria needs to be revisited and reworked.

Alma Adams will address the voter suppression efforts that have been rampant throughout our country as well. We need to ensure everyone has a chance to vote without fear or intimidation.

Giving Workers a Fair Chance 

“Throughout our history, America’s patriots have always put our country first – and have made this country the best place on earth to live, work, worship, and raise our families. It’s time we had that same patriotic spirit in our economy and our trade deals – so that American companies are encouraged to create jobs right here, rather than overseas.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams will oppose any unfair trade deals and will work to stop giving away high paying manufacturing jobs to foreign countries while our families here are struggling.

Adams will always ensure American workers are given a fair chance to succeed in today’s economy.

Protecting our Environment

We must protect our most precious resource, our environment, for future generations.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams received the highest grade of 100 from the League of Conservation Voters in their most recent legislative score card. Alma will always work to protect our land and water resources. We must do more to combat climate change. I’ll support investing in more renewable energy sources and green technology. We can even create new jobs while taking steps to protect our environment.

Reducing Poverty 

“The assault on the working class and the poor is appalling and it needs to stop. I will work hard every day to combat poverty. We must do more lift our fellow brothers and sisters up.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams will stand up to the Tea Party Republicans who want to cut unemployment benefits, food stamps, and other programs designed to help the poor and working families. These programs are a hand up not a hand out.

Alma will work to make available a quality education to everyone. A good education can lead to a good job and better opportunities to provide for families. Congress needs to increase the amount of need based scholarships. An affordable education provides the opportunity for everyone to have a chance to live the American Dream.

Over 16% of North Carolinians live below the poverty level, nearly two points higher than the national average. And in many communities this number is higher still. Alma will work to lift these individuals out of poverty and help them find the good paying jobs they need to support their families.

As a retired educator, Alma Adams understands that fighting poverty begins with a good education. Education is the key to North Carolina’s future. Our investments in our public schools, colleges, and job training programs should be second to none.

Alma Adams will always work ensure that everyone in has the ability to make a living wage that is capable of supporting their families. In the NC General Assembly she led the fight to raise the minimum wage. As a Congresswoman, Alma will also sponsor increasing the minimum wage nationally.

“As a proud parent, I know how tough it can be balancing work and family responsibilities. We must do more to help our working families succeed both at work and at home.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams supports expanding benefits for our workers. The top priority must be expanding and strengthening our paid family leave laws in this country. Currently the U.S. ranks near the bottom of industrialized nations in terms of its family leave, and even the laws we do have on the books are not enough to keep many people from falling through the cracks.

The Family and Medical Leave Act is an important piece of legislation, but Alma would like to see companies offer family leave benefits beyond the FMLA. Alma believes we need to set the standard for paid parental leave around the world.

Alma will also work to increase the availability of affordable child care services.

Combating Crime 

“We must do more to combat rising crime rates in America. It starts by having some common sense gun laws.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams wants to make sure law enforcement and first responders have adequate resources to protect its citizens. At the same time, Congress must do something to counter the easy access to deadly weapons to criminals and others who could do us harm.

Gun control legislation is essential to fighting crime, protecting our citizens, and reducing dangers our law enforcement face each day. Congress needs to ban certain high powered assault weapons, close the gun show loophole, require background checks for purchases of firearms, and improve the tracking of firearms in our country.

 

 

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