About Peggy Butler
Rosemounda “Peggy” Percell-Butler dedicates her life to public service through her role as a Community Activist. Peggy was the first African American elected to city council in the city of West Columbia, South Carolina in 1993, serving until 2005. She was also the first female Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of West Columbia, SC.
During her tenure, she was elected to the National League Board of Directors (NLC) by her peers., in 2005. She served as the Regional Director for South Carolina while serving on National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Board of Directors (NBC-LEO). Peggy was Chair of South Carolina’s Conference of Black Municipal Elected Officials (CBMEO). She also served as Chair of the Lexington County Municipal Elected Officials. The former Raleigh Street Park was officially changed to the Rosemounda Percell-Butler Community Park. Her name is also located on the cornerstone of the West Columbia City Hall Administration Building.
Peggy began her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. She became a Registered Nurse after receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing from Midlands Technical College. After 10 years in nursing, Peggy decided to start serving her country as well as her community.
When she joined the South Carolina Army National Guard as a Second Lieutenant, Peggy was assigned to the 251st Evacuation Hospital as an Army nurse. She graduated from Fort Sam Houston Army Officers Basic Class in San Antonio, Texas and was activated to the US Army. During Operation Desert Storm (aka Persian Gulf War), Peggy was stationed in Saudi Arabia. After her deployment, she returned to her career at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health where she later retired on disability.
Peggy Butler has been utilizing a power wheelchair for mobility for the past 25 years.
She has served on Central Midlands Regional Aging and Disability Advisory Committee for Lexington County since 2012.
From 2005 through 2012, Peggy served on Central Midlands Regional Sub Transportation Advisory Committee as a Disability Advocate.
Peggy was elected to the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature in 2020.
As an United States Disabled Army Veteran, Peggy is passionate about ensuring that people with disabilities rights are respected and protected through accessibility and inclusion in education, employment and every aspect of life.
Peggy also wants to ensure better health care choices for veterans and service members who have served and fought for Democracy.
She is also very passionate about women’s rights issues and protections.
Peggy Butler believes there is a much larger problem with gun violence than just mental illness, and it’s time to have a serious discussion about real change.