NC’s Patrick McHenry Announces Departure from Congress After Divisive Year

Former acting US House Speaker Patrick McHenry has just announced plans to step down from the United States Congress after one of the most heated and divisive years in the history of the US House of Representatives. He stepped in as the acting House Speaker on October 3rd after McCarthy was voted out by Matt Gaetz and 7 other MAGA Republicans.

McHenry made the announcement on the platform formerly known as Twitter, saying he will not run for reelection after his current term ends in 2025. He’s currently representing North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, stretching from the outskirts of Charlotte to various western counties, including Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk, Rutherford, and portions of Catawba, Iredell, and Buncombe.

McHenry was first elected in 2004 at the age of 29. His political journey continued with a strong show of support in the 2022 elections, where he secured nearly three-quarters of the votes.

In his prominent role as the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, McHenry has been at the forefront of critical financial discussions, including significant meetings at the White House, notably on the debt ceiling issue.

His political journey also includes a stint as acting Speaker of the House, following Kevin McCarthy’s exit from the position. Known for his leadership within the Republican ranks, McHenry was named chief deputy whip in 2015 by then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. This position saw him actively shaping and promoting the conservative agenda within the House Republican Conference.

Prior to his national political career, McHenry’s roots in public service were established in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he represented the 109th District. His resume also boasts a presidential appointment by George W. Bush, serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

As McHenry prepares to conclude his tenure in Congress, his announcement marks a significant transition in his extensive career in public service, leaving a lasting impact on both his district and the broader political sphere.