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May 5, 2014

Former SC congressman Butler Derrick passes away

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Butler Derrick, a congressman for 20 years and one of the last of a breed of Southern Democrats when they dominated the state's political landscape, died Monday after a seven-month battle with cancer, The Greenville News reported .

Some reaction from Capitol Hill to Derrick's death

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca: “In Washington, Butler Derrick rose through the ranks of Democratic politics to become a strong voice for his party in the U.S. House of Representatives. Closer to home, he was known for a very caring and effective constituent service operation which put the needs of his constituents first. Butler was a good man and I will always be grateful for the assistance he provided to me in my transition to the U.S. House of Representatives."

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia: "Butler and I got to know each other when I worked for Governor West and he was serving in the South Carolina legislature. He was a kind man with a desire to better South Carolina and help those who called it home. He loved this state and devoted his life to making it a better place for its citizens. Our friendship grew when I was elected to Congress and he was serving as Chief Deputy Whip. His leadership and dedication to South Carolina will surely be missed."

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale: “South Carolina has lost a great statesman. Former Congressman Butler Derrick served the people of the Third Congressional District for twenty years with true distinction. I am very appreciative of his willingness to cross the political aisle and work with the late Congressman Floyd Spence to promote new missions at the Savannah River Site."

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens: “I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Congressman Butler Derrick. Shortly after I was elected, Congressman Derrick was gracious enough to visit with me and share some of the insight he gained from over 45 years of public service. To this day, I still hear stories throughout the Third District about how Butler impacted someone’s life in a positive way. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston: "Congressman Butler Derrick was a true gentleman, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight. He was strongly committed to the people of the Third District, and South Carolina will always remember his service to our great state."

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