Butterfield is the second prominent Congressional Democrat from North Carolina who has decided not to run for re-election. Rep. David Price, who represents Durham, Orange and surrounding counties, announced last month that he plans to retire.
Earlier this month, the National Republican Campaign Committee added Butterfield to its list of seats it will target to flip to GOP control. The NRCC also lists Wake County Democratic Rep. Deborah Ross as another Democrat they consider vulnerable in the 2022 elections.
Butterfield, from Wilson, is serving his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Butterfield’s office would not confirm or deny if the congressman is planning to retire, but said “the official announcement will be made later today or tomorrow.”
After redistricting, Butterfield’s political future became uncertain. The Republican-led General Assembly approved maps that changed the congressman’s political map, taking Democratic-leaning Greenville out of his district.