David C. Butler, II is a lifelong resident of the Town of Woodworth, married to Linda M. Butler for 51 years, father of 2 children, and 4 grandchildren (1 deceased). He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Woodworth, serving on the active deacon board.
Butler is a graduate of Lecompte High School. He attended various management and governmental courses with LSU’s continuing education division in Baton Rouge. Butler began his career with the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) in early 1962. In 1963, he accepted a position with the Boeing Company (Aero Space Division) on the Apollo Project, man’s space flight to the moon. In 1968, he accepted a position with Delta Air Lines and worked in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria. He retired in 1996 after 28 years. During that period he received the, “Lunar Honor Roll” with Boeing, and the “Delta Customer Service Award” with Delta Air Lines.
Butler began his political career on August 21, 1981 as the Mayor for the Town of Woodworth with an appointment by Governor Dave Treen. Following his term, he has had eight successful elections. He began full time service as Mayor on July 1, 1996, and still currently holds the position as Mayor. He is a past president of the Louisiana Municipal Association, still serving on various committees and conducting seminars within the organization, namely “Mayor’s Court Procedures”. Butler also serves on a statewide mediation team as it pertains to Mayors, Council Members and Chiefs of Police. He has previously served as chairman of the board for the Renaissance Home for the Youth; past president of the Rapides Senior Citizens, Inc., still serving; Chairman of the Rapides Area Planning Commission, still serving; currently serving on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement’s POST Certification Review; Chairman of the Rapides Mortgage Finance Authority; past chairman of the Louisiana Community Development and Authority, still serving; Chairman of Horizon Independent Living for Seniors and past chairman of Risk Management, Inc., still serving. He also serves on the Health and Safety Committee with the National League of Cities. Butler is a member of the Southern Municipal Conference. He has previously served on the Louisiana Municipal Employees Retirement System Board. He has been recognized by the State of Louisiana with the “Order of Pelican” for tourism promotion and is an “Honorary Development Ambassador” for the promotion of economic development within our state.
In his service as Mayor for the Town of Woodworth, the Town has received numerous awards, such as, Outstanding Small Municipal Water System, Recycling Recognition, LMA’s Basic Services Award, LMA’s Economic Development Award, Cleanest Cities Award, Water System of the Year, Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Finalist Award, and the Addy Award for their website development, plus many others. During Butler’s tenure as Mayor, the Town of Woodworth has received twenty-seven clean audits. Also, the Methodist Conference Center, the Assemblies of God Camp Ground and the Alexandria State Forest Wildlife Management Area in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have recognized Woodworth for its support and contribution.