Larry has represented the 72nd District in the Connecticut General Assembly since 2006, following four terms as a Waterbury Alderman from 1997 to 2006. In the state Legislature, he serves as Co-Chair of the Housing Committee and has served as an Assistant Majority Leader. He also serves as Vice Chairman in Region 1 of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Representative Butler has received many awards and recognitions for his service including the PHRN Legislative Award, the WOW NRZ Director’s Appreciation Award and the Northeast Regional Mental Health Board Legislative Award. He also received the Waterbury Neighborhood Council’s “President’s Recognition Award” and the Connecticut United Supreme Council, A.A.S.R. Prince Hall Affiliation Silver Eagle Award for “Sterling Service in the Uplift of Humanity.” He also received the “Legislator of the Year” award by the Connecticut Community Development Association (CCDA), recognition as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut by the State Chapter of the NAACP, Legislator of the Year” award by McCall AME Church, was selected as 2002 “Black Mayor for a Day”, was presented with the Legislative Leadership Award by the Waterbury Chapter of the NAACP and was inducted into the Pearl Street Basketball Hall of Fame.
Larry has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Waterbury Chapter of the American Red Cross and, as a volunteer on the Development Committee, worked on fundraisers from 2000 to 2003 that generated tens of thousands of dollars for the Red Cross. Larry has also severed on the “Black Mayor for a Day” selection committee since 1999.
As a former member of the Bunker Hill Community Club and a current member of the Buck ‘s Hill Community Club, Larry has participated in Earth Day cleanups in those neighborhoods as well as the Crownbrook Neighborhood and participated in the Improvement Day in the WOW neighborhood in 2001.
Larry and his wife Jacqueline reside in Buck’s Hill with their daughter Alexandria.