Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry

NORTH CAROLINA's 10th DISTRICT

McHenry Announces Winners of 2016 Congressional Art Competition

2016/05/04

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced Lily Reed and Zong Shia Yang as the winners of the Tenth District's 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Lily's work, "Donkey in Lights", was selected as the winner by a panel of judges from across the Tenth District. She is a junior at Gastonia's Gaston Day School where she studies art under teacher Holt Harris. 

Lily's artwork, seen below, will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. alongside pieces from each of the Congressional districts across the country. By winning the Tenth District's competition, she will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.  

Again this year, Congressman McHenry's office held a "People's Choice Competition" as part of the Art Competition. The winner of that contest was Zong Shia Yang's work "1976" which can be seen below. Zong is a senior at Maiden High School in Catawba County where she studies art under teacher Cheri Paysour. The "People's Choice Competition" winner was determined by which art work received the most "Likes" on Congressman McHenry's Facebook page.


The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this nationwide event enabling high school students to showcase their artistic ability. This year’s theme was An Artistic Discovery.
                   
“I would like to first thank each of the 39 Tenth District students who submitted pieces for this year's competition. The level of interest from Tenth District art students has grown every year but the number of submissions this year surpassed all previous records. Congratulations to Lily and Zong on being chosen as 2016's winners," said Congressman McHenry. 

The Congressional Art Competition is a privately-funded competition with support from SouthWest Airlines and the Congressional Institute. For more information, please click here.

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McHenry Recognizes 2016 NC Teacher of the Year

2016/04/19

Earlier today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) recognized Bobbie Cavnar, the 2016 North Carolina Teacher of the Year during a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Cavnar teaches British literature at South Point High School located in Belmont, NC. Click here or on the image below to see full video of Congressman McHenry's speech:


Read more on 2016 North Carolina Teacher of the Year Bobbie Cavnar in the Gaston Gazette and the Charlotte Observer

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McHenry Introduces Two Bills Increasing Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs

2016/04/15

Recently, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee introduced two bills: H.R. 4854, the Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2016 and H.R. 4855, the Fix Crowdfunding Act. These bills update our securities laws to allow for more Americans to invest in startups, and fix the problems with the SEC’s finalized rule of Title III of the JOBS Act for investment crowdfunding.

“America’s economic growth is predicated on entrepreneurs accessing capital, building their businesses, and creating jobs. In the 21st century economy, that's accomplished by harnessing new technology to create networks of people throughout the country who want to see small businesses grow and succeed," said Congressman McHenry. "But as today's entrepreneurs are all too aware, old laws and muddled regulations impede their ability to utilize these new, innovative types of financing. These two bills are small but important steps which will enable capital to get off the sidelines and invested in America’s startups and small businesses. It’s long past time we get Washington out of the way and allow Americans to invest in each other.”

On Thursday, Congressman McHenry joined a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises where he questioned the assembled witnesses about these two bills. Full video of that exchange is available here or can be accessed by clicking the image below:



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The Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2016 amends an exemption under the Investment Company Act of 1940 to by increasing the investor limitation from 100 to 500 persons for qualifying venture capital funds. Full text is available here

The Fix Crowdfunding Act amends Title III of the JOBS Act by raising the dollar amount limit and clarifying certain requirements and exclusions for crowdfunding portals, including: exempt crowdfunding securities from the Exchange Act 12(g) requirements; define the reasonability requirements for disqualifying issuers; clarify portal liability; allow issuers to “test the waters” to assess investor interest; and permit single purpose funds to participate in the sale and offer of crowdfunding securities. Full text is available here

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McHenry Bill Forces EPA to Drop Racing Regulation

2016/04/15

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), who introduced the RPM Act to combat EPA overreach into amateur racing, released the following statement after the EPA withdrew its proposed regulation of amateur racers:

“The EPA’s attempt to regulate amateur racers is misguided and unnecessary. Not only is racing a beloved pastime for countless Americans, it also employs millions including many here in western North Carolina. While it's positive to see the EPA react to my legislation, the need for Congressional action on the RPM Act remains. Passing the RPM Act into law is the only way to ensure this ill-advised, job-killing regulation is stopped for good.” 

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On March 8th Congressman McHenry joined with Congressman Richard Hudson (R, NC-08) to introduce H.R. 4715 the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 or "RPM Act" which blocks attempts by the EPA to regulate modified motor vehicles used for racing. On March 15th, Congressman McHenry joined a hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to discuss the need for the RPM Act. Video of his testimony can be found here. Coverage of the RPM Act's introduction can be found below:

The Charlotte Observer - March 9, 'Proposed EPA car-engine rule upsets NASCAR-country congressman

Four North Carolina lawmakers in Congress want federal officials to hit the brakes on an anti-pollution regulatory effort that some fear would prevent amateur race-car drivers from modifying motor vehicles’ engines. READ MORE


Washington Examiner -  March 8, 'New bill would kick EPA out of America's racetracks

A small group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from writing rules to regulate race cars, a move the agency threatened last week. READ MORE

WLOS News 13 - March 9, 'Proposed bill could protect race cars from EPA regulation

North Carolina congressman Patrick McHenry has proposed a bill that, if passed, could redefine the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s emissions control regulation rules for cars used primarily on race tracks. READ MORE

Lincoln Times-News - March 14, 'McHenry drafts legislation against EPA motorsports regulation

Two North Carolina congressmen introduced legislation on Monday that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate modified motor vehicles. READ MORE  Read More

McHenry Donates Office Furniture to Asheville Rescue Ministry

2016/03/30

Recently, Congressman Patrick McHenry donated six desks from his former Hickory District office to Asheville's Western Carolina Rescue Ministries.


"Western Carolina Rescue Ministry has been serving the underprivileged in our area for 35 years now," said Congressman McHenry. "Reverend Woods and his staff do amazing work helping those facing poverty, homelessness, and addiction throughout western North Carolina. I'm hopeful this donation will help advance those efforts." 

"The furniture donation has been a blessing to the rescue mission, it came at the exact time we needed it," said Western Carolina Rescue Ministries CEO and Executive Director Reverend Micheal Woods. "We just completed the renovations for our new women’s and children shelter. We needed desk for the office of the overnight  women’s supervisor and the security desk. This donations saved us thousands of dollars. Thank You so much. Helping those that are most in need."

Western Carolina Rescue Ministry opened in March of 1981 to serve men, women, and children facing poverty, homelessness, or addiction. Their mission is to meet people in crisis and care for them with dignity while restoring them to healthy and productive lives. 

The General Services Administration allows for items that are no longer needed in an office but are still in good shape, to be transferred out of federal inventory and donated to qualifying non-profit agencies. 

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Congressman McHenry & Belmont Abbey College Announce Capitol & Carolina Internship

2016/03/29

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry joined with Belmont Abbey College to announce the creation of the Capitol and Carolina Internship. This new internship program aims to provide Belmont Abbey students with the opportunity to intern in both McHenry's Washington, DC and Gastonia offices. The internship program will begin this summer. 

Congressman McHenry will join with Belmont Abbey President Dr. William K. Thierfelder to formally launch the internship this Wednesday, March 30th at 9 AM. The event will be open to the media and will take place at the Alumni House on Belmont Abbey's campus located at 100 Belmont Mt. Holly Road in Belmont. 

“Having spent time as a Congressional intern, I know first-hand how the experience can shape one’s interest in public policy and service to our nation," said Congressman McHenry. "The opportunity to extend this same experience to current and future students at my alma mater is a truly great honor. I’d like to thank Dr. Thierfelder, Dr. Williams, and everyone at the Abbey for making it possible.” 

“There’s always a key local/national dynamic in Congress as representatives attend to both the needs of their district and the issues facing the country. By combining service in DC and here in the district, this program lets our Abbey students experience that dynamic first-hand in a truly unique way,” said Dr. David Williams, Belmont Abbey College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. “They’ll have both the academic knowledge and the lived experience of public service to learn from. We’re very grateful to Congressman McHenry for the opportunity!”

Congressman McHenry and Belmont Abbey College will award the Capitol & Carolina internship to one student each year. The selected student will first intern in McHenry's Washington, DC office during the summer term. The selected student will then intern in McHenry's Gastonia office for the fall term. McHenry’s office will provide a stipend to help defray the cost of living in Washington, DC for the duration of the internship, and Belmont Abbey will waive tuition charges for the internship. Interested students will complete an application and essay which will then be reviewed by a panel made up of Belmont Abbey staff and a representative from McHenry's office. 

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Congressman McHenry with Spirit of Enterprise Award

2016/03/24

Last week, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Congressman Patrick McHenry with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of Congressman McHenry's support for pro-jobs, pro-growth policies in the first session of the 114th Congress.

This marks the 28th year that the U.S. Chamber has formally honored the accomplishments of this select group of members of Congress.


"For the last seven years, America's businesses have faced a regulatory onslaught from Washington bureaucrats," said Congressman McHenry. "I have made it my duty to fight back against this overreach and stand with American businesses that employ so many in my district. I'm honored to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of these efforts." 

“We are pleased to recognize Congressman McHenry for engaging in pro-business policymaking that helps strengthen our nation’s spirit of enterprise,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The Spirit of Enterprise Award honors those members of Congress who are committed to ensuring that American businesses can continue to operate and succeed in a free enterprise system.” 

The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation as outlined in the Chamber publication, How They Voted. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award.

During the first session of the 114th Congress, the Chamber scored members on 14 Senate votes and 20 House votes, including votes lifting the crude oil export ban, supporting the first long-term transportation law in a decade, and votes to make permanent tax provisions that would have regularly expired.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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McHenry Donates Office Furniture to Hickory Christian Ministry

2016/03/22

Recently, Congressman Patrick McHenry donated office furnishings from his former Hickory District office to the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM). The items donated include multiple desks, sofas, conference chairs, a conference table, a monitor, and lamps. 


"Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry does important work serving the underprivileged in Hickory and throughout Catawba County,"  said Congressman McHenry. "I have no doubt these donations will be put to good use by CHCCM helping to further advance their mission of assisting those in need here in western North Carolina." 

"Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry is so grateful for the beautiful pieces of furniture donated by Congressman McHenry and his office," said GHCCM Executive Director Barbara Rush Early. "Staff and clients alike appreciate the generous donation. GHCCM used some of the pieces to furnish our SOARR (Services, Outreach, Advocacy, Resources and Referral) Center which is available to our clients to access needed social services on-site. Thank you Congressman McHenry for your hard work, consideration and dedication to our ministry and our community."

The mission of the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry is to offer hope, help, and healing to those in most need through service, advocacy, and community support. 

The General Services Administration allows for items that are no longer needed in an office but are still in good shape, to be transferred out of federal inventory and donated to qualifying non-profit agencies. 

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McHenry Votes to Defend Article I Powers

2016/03/17

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H. Res. 639 authorizing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R, WI-01) to file an amicus brief on behalf of the House in the Supreme Court case United States vs. Texas, which addresses the President's executive actions on immigration: 

“While I remain vehemently opposed to the President’s executive amnesty, today’s vote is not about immigration policy but rather about reasserting Congress’ powers as defined by Article I of the Constitution. Throughout his presidency, President Obama has displayed a blatant disregard for the separation of powers and has willfully ignored Congress’ role as a co-equal branch of our government. Today’s vote ensures Congress will have a voice in this hugely important case.”   Read More

McHenry Testifies on RPM Act

2016/03/15

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) today testified about the RPM Act, his recently introduced legislation combating EPA overreach into motorsports, before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Oversight Subcommittee. Full video of his testimony at the hearing entitled 'Racing to Regulate: EPA's Latest Overreach on Amateur Drivers' can be found here or by clicking the image below. 


On March 8th, Chief Deputy Whip McHenry joined with Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08) and Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) in introducing H.R. 4715, the RPM Act. You can learn more about the bill here. Further coverage of the bill's introduction can be found below.

The Charlotte Observer - March 9, 'Proposed EPA car-engine rule upsets NASCAR-country congressman

Four North Carolina lawmakers in Congress want federal officials to hit the brakes on an anti-pollution regulatory effort that some fear would prevent amateur race-car drivers from modifying motor vehicles’ engines. READ MORE


Washington Examiner -  March 8, 'New bill would kick EPA out of America's racetracks

A small group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from writing rules to regulate race cars, a move the agency threatened last week. READ MORE

WLOS News 13 - March 9, 'Proposed bill could protect race cars from EPA regulation

North Carolina congressman Patrick McHenry has proposed a bill that, if passed, could redefine the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s emissions control regulation rules for cars used primarily on race tracks. READ MORE

Lincoln Times-News - March 14, 'McHenry drafts legislation against EPA motorsports regulation

Two North Carolina congressmen introduced legislation on Monday that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate modified motor vehicles. READ MORE

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Patrick McHenry is serving his sixth term in the United States Congress where he represents the citizens of North Carolina’s 10th District. Congressman McHenry’s district comprises seven counties in western North Carolina, from the suburbs of Charlotte to Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In the 114th Congress, McHenry serves as the Chief Deputy Whip, a position he was selected to Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) on June 26th, 2014. Assuming the Chief Deputy Whip position on August 1st, 2014, McHenry directly assists Majority Whip Scalise by leading a team of five Senior Deputy Whips and helping to manage the legislative priorities of Congressional Republicans on the House floor. Congressman McHenry is a member of the House Financial Services Committee. In the 113th Congress, Congressman McHenry served as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. In this role, the Congressman provided oversight of the Federal Reserve, Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Export-Import Bank. He was previously a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Throughout his career, Congressman McHenry has been a vocal and effective advocate for the men and women who wear the uniform of our country. He received awards from the North Carolina Chapters of the American Legion and Marine Corps League for his extensive work in bringing a veterans’ health care clinic to his district after nearly two decades of delay. The National Guard presented Patrick McHenry with the Charles Dick Medal of Merit for his exceptional service to the North Carolina National Guard.

McHenry has been recognized as a leader of the conservative movement in America. He shares the most conservative voting record in Congress on family values issues, according to National Journal. Having never voted for a tax increase in his career, Congressman McHenry is continually recognized as a “Hero of the Taxpayer” by Americans for Tax Reform.

Congressman McHenry is the recipient of several additional awards including: the National Association of Manufacturing’s “Manufacturing Legislative Excellence” Award, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s “Small Business Champion” Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” Award, the 60 Plus Association’s “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights” Award, the Family Research Council’s “True Blue” Award, and Citizens Against Government Waste’s “Taxpayer Hero” Award.

Most importantly, Congressman McHenry continues to listen to the voters of the 10th District and act as their voice in Washington. His main focus is to provide the highest level of constituent services at home in Western North Carolina.

Prior to being elected to Congress in 2004 at the age of 29, Patrick McHenry represented the 109th District in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He also served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, a post he was appointed to by President Bush. Patrick McHenry is a graduate of Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, N.C. and Belmont Abbey College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. Congressman McHenry and his wife Giulia live in Denver, N.C. and worship at Holy Spirit Church. On August 15th, 2014 Congressman McHenry and Giulia announced the birth of their first child, a daughter named Cecelia Rose.


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