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Tuesday, October 4, 2022 11:08 PM



Friday, March 11, 2022 5:50 PM

Rep. Deb Butler Recognized By Wilmington City Council

Mayor Bill Saffo recognized state Representative Deb Butler for being a tireless advocate for the City this past year.  He cited legislation that Butler introduced in the General Assembly, including bills to expand electric vehicle infrastructure, the detection and reporting of PFAS and other industrial waste and ensuring polluters pay for their actions.

Saffo also praised Butler for advocating for the state’s film industry, which just had its most successful year ever, totaling over $400 million in spending statewide.  Additionally, Saffo praised Butler for voting against a bill that would have stripped local governments of the ability to regulate short-term rentals.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to represent this community. The job is not always an easy one but is always one that enriches and builds my spirit. When I walk my community and feel it’s welcoming spirit, I know that I am in the right place doing the work I was intended to do, bringing me such fulfillment,” Butler said.

Friday, March 11, 2022 5:42 PM

Agreement reached to reduce military jet noise above Wilmington

Monday, December 13, 2021 4:47 PM

Deb's Floor speech about Voting Rights Legislation and Democracy

Monday, December 13, 2021 4:37 PM

Insurrectionist seated in North Carolina House of Representatives

Zerlina Maxwell Interview with Deb Butler on MSNBC Peacock Nov 3, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:47 PM

Rep. Butler Explains How Biden's Infrastructure Bill is a Win for Wilmington and Clean Water

Butler explains,

"Billions of dollars are coming to remove the toxic forever chemicals that have rained down upon us for over 40 years.”

Monday, March 1, 2021 12:18 AM

Deb Butler - She Will Not Yield


Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:00 AM

Taking the "ick" out of politics

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 9:00 AM

WUNC 91.5 Podcast

Rep. Deb Butler discusses Redistricting, Racism, and Pride on this podcast.

Listen to full podcast>>

Monday, June 15, 2020 11:38 PM

Rep. Deb Butler Participates in Black Lives Matter Discussion

Representative Deb Butler participated in the discussion and acknowledged the need for change.

“I think that all options are on the table about how we do policing, how we re-imagine public safety, how we allocate resources,” Butler said. “How we prioritize what’s important for us, how we get this just and equitable society that we all long for.”

Monday, June 8, 2020 8:39 PM

Out for Biden Initiative

Rep. Deb Butler selected as member of steering committee for Joe Biden.

Saturday, May 30, 2020 9:00 AM

Rep. Deb Butler Pushes Bill To Ban PFAS In State

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Friday, March 13, 2020 11:44 AM

Rep. Deb Butler Calls for Compassion During Pandemic

State Rep. Deb Butler says politics should be put aside during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Read full article >>

Friday, January 10, 2020 7:27 PM

WECT News: Rep. Deb Butler named in top 50 women changing the world by InStyle magazine

Frances Weller of WECT News article on Rep Deb Butler being named InStyle's Top 50 Badass Women of 2020

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:00 AM

Featured as Indy Week's 19 People of 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:30 PM

Rep. Deb Butler at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Rally

Rep. Deb Butler got the crowd on their feet at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Rally in Raleigh.

Monday, November 4, 2019 8:37 PM

Now or Never Event

Representative Deb Butler was the featured speaker at a “Now or Never” event in Raleigh, NC on 10/30/19. She is pictured here with electeds and candidates from around the state.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12:30 PM

WECT News - Frances Weller reports on Rep. Deb Butler's Tammy Baldwin Award win

By Frances Weller | October 9, 2019 at 12:30 PM EDT - Updated October 9 at 12:30 PM

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - N.C. State Representative Deb Butler has been awarded the 2019 Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award—an international award given annually to state or local LGBTQ elected official whose political career pushes to move equality forward for LGBTQ people. Continue reading...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 10:11 AM

Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award Winner

BREAKING:Rep. Deb Butler is the co-winner of the 2019 Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award. She shares the honor with Peru's Congressman, Alberto Belaunde.

Victory Institute shared this announcement via Twitter on 10/9/19 at 10:11am.

Thank you to all those who voted (near 30,000 worldwide!).

Monday, September 16, 2019 12:00 AM

We Heart Deb Butler (Ms Magazine)

We Heart: Deb Butler’s “Melt-Up” on the North Carolina House Floor.

9/16/2019 by CARMEN RIOS
North Carolina lawmakers weren’t prepared for battle on September 11—but Rep. Deb Butler, in the face of a sudden and unexpected legislative maneuver from her colleagues, still stood up for democracy. Read more>>

Friday, September 13, 2019 12:00 AM

Interview on ABC11 Raleigh

Rep. Deb Butler interviewed on Raleigh's ABC News 11.


Friday, September 13, 2019 12:00 AM

Shout out from Senator Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) on Twitter!

Rep. Deb Butler got a shoutout from Senator Elizabeth Warren! #WeWillNotYield.


Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:00 AM

LGBTQ Legislator Deb Butler Stands Up for Decency in North Carolina: An Exclusive

An exclusive article by Reggie Greer of Victory Institute. Read article >>

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:00 PM

Rep. Deb Butler's Appearance on MSNBC

Rep Deb Butler in an exclusive interview on 'The Last Word' with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC. #WeWillNotYield. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:00 AM

Quoted in The News & Observer

Rep. Deb Butler does not believe it's appropriate to fund unknown Mt. Calvary University, and shouldn’t put leadership training and Christian values together with public dollars.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 12:00 AM

Do Something!

Representative Deb Butler joint press conference on sensible gun safety legislation.


Sunday, July 21, 2019 12:00 AM

Representative Butler on InFocus

Watch Representative Butler on July 21, 2019 episode of InFocus with Loretta Bonitti, discussing beach renourishment.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:00 AM

Quoted in PolicyWatch on Duke Energy Ratemaking

There are no environmental performance goals associated with the multi-year plans or the rate-banding. Rep. Deb Butler, a Democrat from New Hanover County, said other states incorporated such standards into these alternatives. “There are no increases in renewable energy, energy efficiencies or clean ups of environmental contamination,” Butler said. “The bill seems unilateral.”

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:00 AM

Sutton Lake Coal Ash Spill Press Conference with Sen. Harper Peterson

The state Department of Environmental Quality should require Duke Energy to sample the water at Sutton Lake, and pay for the costs connected to the possible contamination.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 12:00 AM

CoastLine with Vince Winkel: Legislative Look ahead With 2019 SE NC State Reps

The new legislative session convenes next week, and the Cape Fear region has priorities. This is the time municipalities solidify and communicate that agenda to their local delegation.

Listen to Rep. Deborah Butler, along with Sen. Harper Peterson and other area reps on WHQR's Coastline hosted by Vince Winkel

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 9:21 AM

Facebook Live Walk-Abouts

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:28 PM

North Carolina Republicans Flip Out About Voters Knowing What They're Voting On

GOP lawmakers are trying to strip a bipartisan panel of its power to write captions for constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot this fall.

Monday, February 12, 2018 12:00 AM

Early wave of Democrats as election filing opens

Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

With Time Running Out, Schools Plan for K-3 Class Cuts

Friday, December 29, 2017 12:00 AM

State's Changes, Challenges to Continue

Sunday, September 24, 2017 12:00 AM

A Year Of Scrutiny For Redistricting

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:00 AM

The South's Rising Progressive Stars

Thursday, August 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Frustrated? NC Rep. Deb Butler Vents on Video

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Lawmakers Meet for Four Hours to Discuss GenX

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Rep. Butler to Speak at Brunswick Freedom Fund Banquet

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Bill Hopes to Reenact Tax Free Holiday Weekend in NC

Monday, March 20, 2017 10:06 AM

Representative Butler on WHQR

On Monday, March 23, 2017, Representative Deb Butler, NC House District 18, sat down for an exclusive one hour interview with WHQR's Rachel Lewis Hilburn, host of the local news program Coastline.  Topics ranged from education, Governor Cooper's budget, immigration, and working with other members of the local delegation in Raleigh.

When asked about teacher pay, Butler responded, "When you know a veteran high school teacher who has to wait tables on Saturday night to make ends meet, that is unconscionable."

The full interview can be heard here:

Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:12 PM

Butler Co-Sponsors HB2 Repeal Bill

RALEIGH, NC (AP/WECT) - State Representative Deb Butler joined Democrat colleagues in the General Assembly Thursday in filing a bill calling for a statewide LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance.
The bill would also repeal House Bill 2, also known as the bathroom bill, which requires people to use the bathroom that is lined up with the gender on their birth certificate among other things. 
Democrats urged lawmakers to move quickly on the repeal proposal at a news conference Thursday. The proposed bill would extend protected status for housing, employment, credit, insurance, public accommodations and education to the LGBT community. Currently there are discrimination protections for people based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status and military or veteran status.   
Earlier this week, Butler replaced Susi Hamilton as the State Representative for District 18, parts of New Hanover and parts of Brunswick County after Hamilton resigned to take a position in Governor Cooper's cabinet.  Butler is one of two openly gay representatives in Raleigh. 
Copyright 2017 WECT. All rights reserved. 

Friday, February 10, 2017 5:46 PM

BUTLER nominated to House District 18.

Butler Nominated to HOUSE DISTRICT 18.

Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 AM

Twitter mention from Senator Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren)!

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