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Rep. Patrick McHenry (R)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2576

Address: 2334 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (828) 327-6100

Address: 87 Fourth Street, NW, Hickory NC 28603-6142

Gastonia NC

Phone: (704) 833-0096

Fax: (704) 833-0887

Address: 128 West Main Avenue, Gastonia NC 28052

Black Mountain NC

Phone: (828) 669-0600

Address: 160 Midland Avenue, Black Mountain NC 28711

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Patrick McHenry Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: North Carolina 10
  • Born: Oct. 22, 1975, Charlotte
  • Home: Cherryville
  • Education:

    Attended NC St. U., Belmont Abbey Col., B.A. 1999

  • Professional Career:

    Real estate broker, 2000-02.

  • Political Career:

    NC House of Reps., 2002-04.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Giulia McHenry )

Patrick McHenry, a Republican first elected in 2004, has evolved from a highly partisan guerilla fighter for the GOP in his early years in the House into a more thoughtful legislator. That evolution was confirmed in June 2014, when new Majority Whip Steve Scalise tapped McHenry to be chief deputy whip.  Read More

Patrick McHenry, a Republican first elected in 2004, has evolved from a highly partisan guerilla fighter for the GOP in his early years in the House into a more thoughtful legislator. That evolution was confirmed in June 2014, when new Majority Whip Steve Scalise tapped McHenry to be chief deputy whip. 

McHenry up in Cherryville as the youngest of five children and graduated from Belmont Abbey College, where he was president of the state College Republicans. After school he worked as a real estate broker. As a young staunch conservative, he cut his political teeth on his strenuous opposition to the Clintons. He once dressed up in an Abraham Lincoln costume at a North Carolina appearance by Bill Clinton after Clinton was accused by Republicans of rewarding big contributors with overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House. In 2000, he ran a website, notHillary.com, opposing Hillary Clinton’s Senate candidacy in New York. McHenry worked on several Republican campaigns in North Carolina, including Rep. Robin Hayes’ unsuccessful run for governor in 1996. In 2001, he was appointed to a job in the Labor Department, and in 2002, he was elected to the state House.

McHenry ran for Congress after Republican Rep. Cass Ballenger announced his retirement, leaving an open seat for the first time in 18 years. In the Republican primary, McHenry’s chief competition was Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman, and both made conservative Christian values their main issue. Huffman finished first with 35% and McHenry second with 26%. North Carolina holds runoffs when no candidate gets 40% in the primary, and the four-week runoff campaign took a negative turn.

Huffman questioned McHenry for hosting noisy late-night parties at his house, which also served as a residence for his campaign staff, a claim rebutted by McHenry’s neighbors. McHenry accused Huffman of campaign finance irregularities. He ran an energetic, door-to-door grassroots campaign, billing himself as a “pro-life, pro-gun, anti-gay-marriage” Christian conservative. He won the runoff by just 85 votes after a recount. Huffman carried Catawba County 59%-41%. But McHenry rolled up huge majorities in the counties south of Interstate 40 and close to his Gaston County home. He then easily won the general election.

At age 29, McHenry was the youngest member of the House when he arrived. Instead of keeping a low profile and doing constituent work to sew up his seat, as freshman usually do, he made repeat appearances on talk shows for his ability to serve up red meat and sound bites. On the House floor, he took on Democrats no matter how powerful or senior. In 2007, he accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California of abusing her office by using military jets to fly home to San Francisco during congressional recesses, although former Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert had also used military planes for his Illinois commute. (Current Speaker John Boehner of Ohio takes commercial flights.)

At a private meeting in January 2008, McHenry asked why Republicans “shouldn’t be physically ill at the prospects of a President McCain.” And in 2009, he briefly joined the notorious “birther” movement by saying at a town hall forum that “I haven’t seen evidence one way or the other” of President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship. He backed away from the comment the next day.

His House colleagues sometimes grow weary of McHenry’s hijinks. After he repeatedly took to the floor to criticize other lawmakers’ earmarks in spending bills, the House in 2007 voted down, 249-174, one of McHenry’s earmarks—$129,000 to expand a Christmas crafts store in Mitchell County.

His political style has since mellowed, thanks in part to his securing of a subcommittee gavel. When Republicans took majority control of the House in January 2011, McHenry became chairman of a new subcommittee specializing in government bailouts, such as the Troubled Asset Relief Program for the financial industry in 2009. He told The Charlotte Observer that TARP was “a very uneven response from the federal government,” with some banks bailed out and others, notably Charlotte-based Wachovia, forced to merge. He got into a hostile exchange at a May 2011 hearing with Elizabeth Warren, then a Harvard professor who helped create the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as part of the Dodd-Frank financial services overhaul. The two squabbled over the amount of time she was supposed to testify, with McHenry snapping at one point, “You’re making this up, Ms. Warren.” Supporters of Warren, a liberal Democrat who was later elected to the Senate, posted thousands of angry comments on McHenry’s Facebook page.

On the Financial Services Committee, he won enactment of his bill allowing financial institutions involved in multiple transactions to combine them into one contract, something helpful to the banking industry in Charlotte. The House also passed his measure in 2011 to terminate the Home Assistance Mortgage Program, which assists eligible homeowners with mortgage loan modifications. The bill drew a veto threat from the White House, and the Senate never took it up.The following year, McHenry was successful in passing a provision in the 2012 jobs bill that allowed companies to more easily raise equity through social media and online platforms. The bill was signed into law by President Obama.

As he has become more effective as a legislator, others have taken notice. McHenry in 2012 was named one of Time magazine's "40 Under 40" civic leaders who is "at work trying to fix a broken system" and restore public faith in government. He also remained influential behind the scenes, helping his friend Scalise, R-La., get elected in 2012 as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the caucus of the House’s most conservative members.

When Scalise became majority whip in the fallout from Eric Cantor's surprise primary defeat in June 2014, he repaid the favor. He replaced Illinois' Peter Roskam -- who had unsuccessfully challenged Scalise for the whip's job -- with McHenry. The move put another Southern-state Republican into the ranks of leadership. In the whip race, Scalise had made an issue of putting more red-state lawmakers in key posts.

McHenry’s lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union through 2012 was 98%, the highest of any North Carolinian. Given the economic plight of the textile industry, McHenry frequently votes against free trade deals, as he did in 2005 with a pact proposed with Central America and in 2010 with a Haiti trade relief bill. McHenry attracted some attention in March 2010 when he proposed replacing the image of Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 bill with one of Ronald Reagan. “Every generation needs its own heroes,” he said.

He has had little trouble at election time. He had two GOP primary challengers in 2010 and 2012 but won both contests easily. In the 2012 general election, he beat Democrat Patsy Keever with 57% of the vote.

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Patrick McHenry Election Results
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2012 General
Patrick McHenry (R)
Votes: 190,826
Percent: 56.99%
Patsy Keever (D)
Votes: 144,023
Percent: 43.01%
2012 Primary
Patrick McHenry (R)
Votes: 58,844
Percent: 72.54%
Ken Fortenberry (R)
Votes: 15,936
Percent: 19.65%
Don Peterson (R)
Votes: 6,337
Percent: 7.81%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (71%), 2008 (58%), 2006 (62%), 2004 (64%)
Patrick McHenry Votes and Bills
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2013 2012 2011
Economic 17 (L) : 82 (C) 2 (L) : 98 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 27 (L) : 71 (C) 27 (L) : 72 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 14 (L) : 86 (C) 20 (L) : 80 (C) 15 (L) : 84 (C)
Composite 19.8 (L) : 80.2 (C) 16.5 (L) : 83.5 (C) 9.7 (L) : 90.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV66
CFG8686
ITIC-82
NTU8481
20112012
COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU96100
ADA50
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

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    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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