Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry


A Common Sense Step to Protect Our Homeland


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015:

“Throughout our history, no country has done more to assist the innocent bystanders to foreign conflicts than the United States. However—as evidenced by the horrific attacks in Paris—the grave danger posed by ISIL and Islamic extremism require a reevaluation of our strategy. 

“With passage of the SAFE Act, the House has taken an important step towards ensuring all refugees brought to the United States are properly vetted and certified by not just law enforcement but also our intelligence community. It is a common sense step to protect our homeland and provide safety to all Americans. 

“In spite of the SAFE Act’s bipartisan support, President Obama has threatened a veto. This is regrettable but not surprising from a leader who has consistently shown he would rather disparage political opponents than present a realistic strategy to defeat ISIL and the global threat posed by radical Islam.”


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North Carolina Delegation Statement on Paris Attacks & Syrian Refugees


This afternoon, the ten Republican members of North Carolina's U.S. House of Representatives delegation released the following statement in response to Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris and Governor Pat McCrory's request that the Obama Administration cease sending Syrian refugees to North Carolina.

The joint statement was issued by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (NC-2), Congressman Walter Jones (NC-3), Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-5), Congressman Mark Walker (NC-6), Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7), Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-8), Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-9), Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11), and Congressman George Holding (NC-13). 

“Last Friday we were horrified to watch the terrorist attacks unfold in Paris. To see innocent lives taken by a group of radical Islamic terrorists was sickening and our prayers go out to all those impacted by this unspeakable tragedy.

“In the days since, we have been deeply troubled to learn one of the terrorists who committed this atrocity may have come to Europe posing as a Syrian refugee. With the massive influx of Syrian refugees to Europe, this was always a threat and, regrettably, now it’s been realized.

“Given this development we have serious concerns about the ongoing resettlement of Syrian refugees to the communities we represent across North Carolina. As a delegation, we join with Governor McCrory in calling for the Obama Administration to immediately cease sending Syrian refugees to our state. We believe this is a common sense step and applaud Governor McCrory for his leadership on the issue. 

“The Paris attacks highlighted that ISIL is not contained and still poses a grave threat to Western Democracies. Blocking the flow of Syrian refugees until we can better understand and address security risks they may pose is a necessary step to protect our state and homeland.” 
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McHenry on President's Rejection of Keystone Pipeline


Washington-- Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after President Obama's announcement that he would reject the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“Today’s announcement from President Obama is disappointing but not particularly surprising. Throughout his second term, we have seen President Obama cater to his liberal base at the expense of the American people. Rejection of the Keystone pipeline is simply the latest example. Rather than grant approval for a job-creating project that John Kerry’s State Department has declared environmentally safe, President Obama has decided instead to appease the radical environmentalists on the left. It is my sincere hope this project can be revived in 2017 when—hopefully—we will have a President who understands the concerns of the vast majority of Americans: reducing energy prices and creating jobs.”  Read More

McHenry: Fiscally Responsible Reforms to Our Nation's Vital Infrastructure


Washington--Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015:

“This week marked the beginning of a new era in the People’s House, one in which every member has the chance to have their voice heard. Today, after consideration of 126 amendments and three days of debate, we see the first product: passage of a robust, fiscally responsible highway bill that will improve our nation’s infrastructure and reform the federal programs that provide for it.

“Many of the bridges and roads in Western North Carolina are in desperate need of repair, with recent studies showing 20% of our highways in poor condition. Our bill cuts red tape that has slowed these restorations and empowers those who know the problems best—the individual states and local governments instead of Washington bureaucrats. Safe and efficient transportation ultimately allows the costs for goods and services to remain low, while enabling businesses to remain competitive. This legislation will have a positive impact on the lives of all Americans who use our nation’s roads and bridges every day.”

NOTE- Below is a list of reforms included in the House-passed, six-year highway bill. Also included in the bill via amendment was H.R. 1839, the RAISE Act which was introduced by Congressman McHenry and initially passed the House on October 6th. Full details on the RAISE Act are available here

  • Promotes private investment in our surface transportation system
  • Streamlines the bureaucratic process to complete transportation projects.
  • Expedites the environmental review and permitting process and increases coordination between federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Eliminates duplicative regulatory processes and offices within the Department of Transportation.
  • Provides more flexibility and decision-making to states and local governments to allow them to better address their priorities and needs
  • Block grants the Surface Transportation Program (STP) to provide flexibility for states and local governments.
  • Increases STP funding for local governments from 50% to 55% during the life of the reauthorization.
  • The Surface Transportation Program (STP) provides flexible funding that may be used by States and localities for projects to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects, including intercity bus terminals.
  • Provides flexibility to states to target driver safety grants on their pressing safety needs
  • Accelerates implementation of safety regulations for buses and trucks and prioritizes grants for programs that train veterans.
  • Strengthens safety for transport of hazardous materials and emergency preparedness and response.
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McHenry on the Passing of Howard Coble


Washington-- Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Howard Coble:

"Giulia and I are saddened to learn our dear friend Howard Coble has passed away. Howard was the embodiment of what a Congressman should be: a dedicated public servant who was deeply committed to serving his constituents in North Carolina's 6th District. 
"Personally, Howard was a dear friend, invaluable mentor, and someone you could always count on for a laugh. I was honored to call him my Dean and Howard embraced that responsibility, serving as a leader to all who have had the honor of representing our great state in Washington.

"As we mourn Howard’s passing, Giulia and I send our thoughts and prayers to the people of North Carolina’s 6th District, Howard’s family, and all of Howard’s former staffers who saw firsthand each day what an honorable and decent gentleman he was. My Dean, you will be missed."

Last November, Congressman McHenry joined other members of North Carolina's Congressional delegation in celebrating Congressman Coble's service on the House floor. Video of Congressman McHenry's remarks can be found here. Read More

McHenry Statement on Speaker Paul D. Ryan


Washington - Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement on the election of Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan:

“Paul Ryan has long been one of the leading voices within our Conference. As Chair of the Budget Committee he highlighted the urgent need to address our nation’s exploding debt and displayed the political courage to actually tackle the problem. His budget agreements outlined a path to reforming the entitlement programs that serve as the principal drivers of our debt and outlined a path to balance within ten years. 
“As Ways and Means Chair, Paul continued to be a champion of entitlement reform and began laying the ground work for fixing our nation’s broken tax code. Throughout his career he has served as leading messenger within our Conference, promoting our conservative message against the disastrous liberal policies that have defined the Obama years and harmed so many Americans. 
“Paul will bring a different perspective to the Speaker’s Chair. He will be our youngest Speaker in nearly 150 years and one of the few with school-aged children. In this regard he uniquely represents our Conference—one increasingly made up of working moms and dads—but also the vast majority of American families. His service is proof you can be both committed to your family and also a leader for our nation.   
“The recent months have been challenging for all House Republicans but today marks a new beginning. I’m confident Paul has what it takes to unite and lead our Conference, reform the way the People’s House operates, and present a clear, conservative governing vision we will all be proud to support.”   
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McHenry Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Budget


Washington - Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015:

“Today’s agreement is not perfect but represents meaningful progress in a divided government. It includes important reforms to our nation’s entitlement programs including the first structural reform to Social Security since President Reagan was in office—a change that maintains the solvency of the Social Security Disability program while also attacking the fraud and abuse plaguing the program. It also protects our seniors from an increase in their Medicare Part B premiums and protects American workers by repealing Obamacare’s costly auto-enrollment mandate. 
“Additionally, this agreement provides vital funding increases for our troops and national security. Most importantly, all of this is accomplished without raising taxes. 
“With passage of this agreement we’ve also instituted greater certainty within our appropriations process. The authorized spending levels allow the House a return to regular order, ensuring each of our twelve appropriations bills come to the House floor where all 435 members will have the opportunity to amend them as they see fit.” 

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McHenry: Fulfilling Our Commitment to Stop Obamacare


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom and Reconciliation Act of 2015:

“When the American people returned Republicans to power in Congress, we committed to doing everything within our power to dismantle President Obama’s disastrous healthcare law. Today’s vote continues that effort. 

“This vital legislation targets Obamacare’s egregious and excessive mandates which have harmed Western North Carolinians the most. With passage of this reconciliation bill we fully repeal the law’s individual and employer mandates, we stop the job-killing medical device tax, and end a number of the law’s other mandates. Additionally, our bill redirects funding away from Planned Parenthood and instead devotes it to community health centers like those serving my constituents in the 10th District. 

“Now this legislation moves to the Senate. It is my sincere hope our colleagues on the other side of the Capitol will act quickly to pass this bill and send it to President Obama’s desk. Then it will be up to President Obama to decide whether he wants to continue to defend his broken law or instead offer the American people the much-needed relief they deserve.” 

Further information on H.R. 3762 can be found here courtesy of the House Committee on the Budget.   Read More

McHenry Praises House Passage of RAISE Act


This evening, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the House passed his legislation, H.R. 1839 the Reforming Access for Investments in Startup Enterprises Act of 2015 or RAISE Act:

"While secondary markets have the potential to serve as an excellent source of capital for our nation's entrepreneurs and investors, the lack of liquidity in these markets has limited their impact. The RAISE Act changes that. By making these small, technical fixes my bill will open up our secondary markets, allowing them to be used as a valuable tool for small and emerging companies."

Congressman McHenry first introduced the RAISE Act on April 17th at which time it was referred to the House Financial Services Committee. On July 29th, the RAISE Act was unanimously passed out of the Committee by a vote of 58-0. It cleared the full House this evening by a vote of 404 to 0. 

Earlier this afternoon, Congressman McHenry spoke in support of the RAISE Act on the House floor. Video of his speech can be found here.

BACKGROUND: The RAISE Act of 2015 amends the Securities Act of 1933 to include Section 4(a)(7) with the existing Rule 4(a)(1 ½) legal framework for transactions involving the secondary markets. Rule 4(a)(1 ½) was developed from case law by creating a federal exemption for the resale of restricted securities in a private placement. 

Currently, a holder of securities issued in a private placement may resell the securities on a public trading market, after a holding period, pursuant to Rule 144.  However, there is not a similar codified law for private resale of restricted securities. Accordingly, this bill codifies a clear and established legal framework for these transactions to facilitate private company capital formation. Read More

McHenry Statement on the Resignation of Speaker Boehner


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner (R, OH-08): 

“John has served the people’s House with great honor and distinction for over two decades, including the last five years in the often thankless role as Speaker. During this time he has shown tremendous leadership holding the line against the Obama Administration’s destructive policies while also achieving meaningful, conservative reforms to our spending and entitlement programs. John has been a tremendous servant to this institution, Ohio’s 8th District, and the American people and he will be sorely missed. I wish John and Debbie the best in this next phase of their life.”

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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.

Serving With

Renee Ellmers


Walter Jones


Virginia Foxx


Mark Walker


David Rouzer


Richard Hudson


Robert Pittenger


Mark Meadows


George Holding


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