A Representative from South Carolina; born in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., September 30, 1936; attended the public schools in Mayesville, S.C., and Florence, S.C.; attended University of South Carolina, 1954-1958; LL.B., University of Georgia Law School, 1965; admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1965 and commenced practice in Edgefield; served in the South Carolina house of representatives, 1969-1974; delegate to South Carolina State Democratic conventions, 1972, 1974; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1974; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1995); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress.
Butler Derrick is a South Carolina-Washington lawyer and governmental relations consultant. He is a former United States Congressman, having served for 20 years. Before coming to Congress, he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives and was the senior partner in a small law firm in Edgefield, S.C. He had a diverse practice, but specialized in criminal and civil litigation.
Mr. Derrick was born in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 30, 1936. His parents, native South Carolinians, later returned to Florence, S.C., where he grew up and graduated from public schools. He holds a degree from the University of South Carolina, a Bachelor of Laws from the Lumpkin Law School, the University of Georgia. He was president of his class at USC and LSL at UGA.
He was elected to the South Carolina Legislature in l968. Mr. Derrick served on the Ways & Means Committee in the South Carolina Legislature and was the first freshman member to sit on the Budget Conference Committee. During this period, he also served as floor leader for the Speaker.
From his congressional service, he gained extensive experience in the fields of legislative procedure and budget process. He maintains close contact with the leaders in the Senate and House. During his congressional service, Mr. Derrick enjoyed a reputation as a thoughtful and pragmatic member who could secure passage of important legislation by working behind the scenes.
Mr. Derrick has served as a member of the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board; the South Carolina Nuclear Waste Program’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel as Chairman; the Department of Energy’s Commission on the Evaluation of Nonproliferation Programs with Russia; A Rand Corp. advisory board; the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs; the boards of Entrust Inc., a software firm; United Nations Association; National Wildlife Caucus; Common Cause Presidents Council; and The Institute for Representative Government.