Elected to Congress in 1974, Butler Carson Derrick represented South Carolina's Third District from 1975 to 1995 and rose to serve as Chief Deputy Majority Whip before retiring from office. At the time of his retirement, Derrick was considered one of the ten most influential members of Congress. Seen by his party and others in Congress as a bridge between liberals and conservatives, Derrick was elected in 1986 to serve as a regional representative to the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets Party policy and makes committee assignments for the Democrats in the House of Representatives.
Papers, c. 1968-1998, 117.5 ft
Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 78 pages)
(Finding aid includes an extended biographical note)