Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) announced his retirement Thursday morning, adding another blow to Democrats’ efforts to maintain their majority in the House in the 2022 midterm elections. Butterfield, 74, has served Congress for 18 years. He was the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus from 2015 to 2017. Currently, he’s the Chair of the Subcommittee on Elections. Butterfield criticized the new congressional district map drawn by the GOP-led state legislature before he declared his retirement in a video announcement. “The map that was recently enacted by the legislature is a partisan map. It’s racially gerrymandered,” Butterfield said. “It will disadvantage African American communities all across the first congressional district.” North Carolina won a new district according to the 2020 census. On Nov. 4, the state General Assembly approved the new redistricting map. “While I am hopeful that the courts will ultimately overturn this partisan map and see that …


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