Chuck Butler grew up in Columbia, Maryland. He graduated magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, from Georgetown University. Chuck then served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army, stationed for the most part in Germany. Following military service, Chuck attended law school at New York University. He was Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review and published The Defense of Marriage Act: Congressís Use of Narrative in the Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage, 73 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 841 (1998).
Chuck clerked for Judge John Gleeson on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Chuck then practiced litigation and legislative advisory work with Covington & Burling and Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. Following Doug Ganslerís election as Maryland Attorney General, Chuck served for three years as an Assistant Attorney General, representing the State of Maryland in major litigation and advising state agencies and officials on legislative and policy matters. Chuck is currently Senior Counsel with the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Chuck is a former Chair of Equality Maryland and is active with community and political organizations.