Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry


McHenry to Co-Host 2016 NC Business & Economic Development Summit


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced that he will be joining with the entire North Carolina Congressional delegation to co-host the 2016 North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit. The summit will be on Monday, September 12th and Tuesday, September 13th with all events occurring in Washington, D.C.

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy here in western North Carolina," said Congressman McHenry. "Our North Carolina Congressional delegation is always working to advance public policies that help these businesses grow and create good-paying jobs. The Business and Economic Development Summit provides local businesses an excellent opportunity to hear about these efforts and interact directly with their representatives in Washington. I strongly encourage all Tenth District businesses to attend." 

The North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit is an annual event and takes place on the campus of the U.S. Capitol. The 2016 schedule is still being finalized but attendees can expect to hear from guest speakers including members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation. In addition to Congressman McHenry, the other hosts of the event are Representatives G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Renee Ellmers (NC-02), Walter Jones (NC-03), David Price (NC-04), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Mark Walker (NC-06), David Rouzer (NC-07), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Alma Adams (NC-12), George Holding (NC-13), and U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.

Businesses interested in attending can find additional information here. Those businesses wishing to register for the 2016 Summit can do so here Read More

McHenry Visits Tryon Equestrian Center in Support of Effort to Host 2018 World Equestrian Games


Yesterday, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) visited the Tryon International Equestrian Center to highlight his support for their effort to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG). The WEG, is the premier, non-Olympic equestrian event and is hosted every four years between Summer Olympics. The event is administered by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). 

"I've had the pleasure of visiting the Tryon Equestrian Center throughout its construction and the progress made is truly impressive," said Congressman McHenry. "Coupled with our area's natural beauty and welcoming residents, I cannot think of a better place for the FEI to stage the 2018 World Equestrian Games. I've been proud to make Tryon's case and I will continue my efforts to bring this international event to western North Carolina."

During yesterday's visit, Congressman McHenry met with Tryon Equestrian Partners managing partner Mark Bellissimo and COO Sharon Decker. The Congressman received an overview of progress and later toured the facility. 

The 2018 competition was originally scheduled to be held in Bromont, Quebec, Canada but they were forced to drop their bid and on July 22nd, the FEI announced they will be looking for a new location. Tryon Equestrian Partners, owners of the Tryon Equestrian Center have offered up their facility in Mill Spring as an alternative. 

Since the bid process reopened, Congressman McHenry has been actively engaged in the effort to bring the 2018 competition to Polk County. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley have also been supportive of Tryon's efforts. Additionally, the United States Equestrian Federation has communicated their support of Tryon's bid to the FEI. 

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McHenry to Host Seven Town Hall Meetings


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) today announced his 2016 town hall meeting schedule. Over the next two weeks, Congressman McHenry will host a town hall meeting in each of the Tenth District's seven counties. 

At the town hall meetings, Congressman McHenry will give an update on recent legislative activity in the U.S. Congress and what to expect in the coming months. He will also take questions directly from constituents on the issues of concern to them. Additionally, the Congressman’s staff will be available at the town hall meetings to meet privately with constituents who have issues with federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the Internal Revenue Service. 

The full schedule for the 2016 town hall meetings is below:

Rutherford County
Monday, August 1st at 6 PM
The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center
Isothermal Community College
286 ICC Loop Road
Spindale, NC 28160

Lincoln County
Tuesday, August 2nd at 6 PM
City Council Chambers
Lincolnton City Hall
114 W. Sycamore Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Cleveland County 
Wednesday, August 3rd at 6 PM
Mildred Keeter Auditorium
Cleveland Community College
137 S. Post Road
Shelby, NC 28152

Catawba County 
Thursday, August 4th at 6 PM 
North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies
1990 Main Avenue SE
Hickory, NC 28602

Buncombe County
Tuesday, August 9th at 6 PM
Riceville Volunteer Fire Department
2251 Riceville Road
Asheville, NC 28805

Polk County
Wednesday, August 10th at 6 PM
Polk County Commissioners Chambers
Womack Building
40 Courthouse Street
Columbus, NC 28722

Gaston County
Thursday, August 11th at 6 PM
Gaston County Commissioners Chambers
Gaston County Courthouse 
325 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way #1004
Gastonia, NC 28052

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McHenry Recognizes Retiring Chamber President Danny Hearn


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) spoke on the House floor to recognize Danny Hearn, the President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce who will be retiring at the end of September after twelve years of service to Catawba County's business community. Click here or on the image below to see video of the Congressman's remarks.

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McHenry Supports Conscience Protection Act


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of the Conscience Protection Act of 2016:

“No American should be forced to choose between following their conscience or following the law. Yet—on the issue of abortion—that is exactly what the Obama Administration is forcing medical professionals to do. The Conscience Protection Act changes that by reaffirming long-standing federal policy which allows doctors and hospitals who oppose abortion to live out the tenets of their faith.” 


The Conscience Protection Act of 2016 reaffirms the protections found in the Weldon amendment. Next, the bill opens the courts to discriminated individuals and entities to obtain necessary legal relief. Finally, the bill clarifies that nothing in the Act prevents providers from voluntarily electing to participate in abortion or makes changes to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. Read more about this legislation hereRead More

McHenry Pays Tribute to Alderman Mike Rhyne


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) today spoke on the House floor to pay respects to Ellenboro Alderman Mike Rhyne who passed away last month at the age of 69. Click here or on the image below for full video of the Congressman's remarks.

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McHenry Introduces Fintech Bills


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, yesterday introduced two bills: H.R. 5724, the Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2016 and H.R. 5725, the IRS Data Verification Modernization Act of 2016. These bills restore consistency in our lending laws to reflect the new realities of financial innovation, and fix the problems with the IRS’s manual income verification process so that small businesses and consumers can receive more accurate credit assessments faster.

“Innovation in financial services has created more convenient and secure ways to meet the demands of American consumers,"
said McHenry. "For these to succeed, however, Washington must rethink its own laws and regulations to keep up with the growth and creativity in the private sector."  

"These two bills are important first steps in our efforts to harness technology to make lending more accessible for all Americans," McHenry continued. "Now is the time for Congress to take a leading role in supporting the expansion of safe and affordable credit by embracing innovation and making our lending laws more consistent.”

Yesterday, McHenry spoke with the Wall Street Journal about both bills. You can read that story here. Both bills are part of the Innovation Initiative which was jointly launched by Congressman McHenry and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23).


H.R. 5724, the Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2016 reaffirms the longstanding legal precedent under the National Bank Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act that federal law preempts a loan’s interest as valid when made.  

The Supreme Court recently declined to hear the case Madden v Midland.  In Madden, the Second Circuit held that the National Bank Act, which preempts state usury laws regulating the interest a national bank may charge on a loan, does not have a preemptive effect after the national bank has sold or otherwise assigned the loan to another party.  This reading of the National Bank Act was unprecedented and has created uncertainty for fintech companies, banks, and the credit markets.

H.R. 5725, the IRS Data Verification Modernization Act of 2016 requires the IRS to automate the Income Verification Express Services process by creating an Application Programming Interface (API), which would reduce paperwork and the waiting period burdens on borrowers. 

As part of the loan and mortgage processes for consumers and small businesses, each applicant completes an IRS form called a “4506-T,” which gives the lender the right to access a summarized version of their tax transcript, which is used to confirm certain data points on their application.  According to industry reports, this manual process at the IRS takes 2-8 days, which creates needless delay for fintech companies and banks that rely on leveraging data and technology to make faster, informed decision for consumer and small business lending. Read More

McHenry Hosts Opioid Crisis Workshop for Local Law Enforcement Agencies


On Friday, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) hosted a workshop for local Tenth District law enforcement agencies focusing on the heroin epidemic that has struck communities in western North Carolina and across the nation. The workshop--which was attended by 20 Tenth District law enforcement agencies--was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and focused on law enforcement strategies to help combat this epidemic.

"The heroin and opioid epidemic has destroyed lives, families, and it threatens our western North Carolina communities," said Congressman McHenry. "This epidemic must be confronted from every angle: awareness of the dangers posed by opioids, preventing access to them, and rehabilitating those suffering from addiction."

"Ultimately our law enforcement agencies are the first line of defense in the fight against this epidemic," Congressman McHenry continued. "The workshop provided these agencies with the information and resources they need to lead this important fight. I thank them for attending and for the hard work they do each and every day to keep us safe." 

At the workshop, Congressman McHenry announced that his office has launched a comprehensive addiction resources page on his website, McHenry.House.Gov. The page includes information on treatment, helplines, and a complete list of drug collection units in the Tenth District. That page can be accessed by clicking here

Friday's workshop was held at the Gaston County Administration Building in downtown Gastonia. Congressman McHenry and Jennifer Kline, a Tenth District resident who lost her brother to opioid addiction, also spoke at the workshop. Click here or on the image below for Time Warner Cable News - Charlotte coverage on the workshop. Additionally you can read about the workshop here courtesy of the Lincoln Times-News

The workshop was attended by 20 Tenth District law enforcement agencies. A full list of the agencies in attendance can be found below:

Gaston County Sheriff's Office
Gaston County Police Department
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Cramerton Police Department
Mount Holly Police Department
Conover Police Department
Catawba County Sheriff's Office
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Cleveland County Sheriff's Office
Gastonia Police Department
Newton Police Department
Maiden Police Department
Shelby Police Department
Lincolnton Police Department
Asheville Police Department
Buncombe County Anti-Crime Task Force
Buncombe County Sheriff's Office
Stanley Police Department
Hickory Police Department
Belmont Police Department

Additional photos from Friday's workshop can be found on Congressman McHenry's Facebook page. If you would like to use these photos for stories, please contact Jeff ButlerRead More

McHenry Eugenics Compensation Legislation Passes House


Last night, the House passed Congressman Patrick McHenry's (R, NC-10) eugenics compensation legislation, H.R. 2949 the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act, as part of a larger bill, H.R. 5210, the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment (PADME) Act. H.R. 5210 passed the House by a voice vote. 

“North Carolina’s eugenics program is a sad part of the history of our great state,” said Congressman McHenry. “While we can never fully compensate the victims for the pain they suffered at the hands of the state, this bipartisan bill will at least ensure they are not further penalized for accepting compensation payments they deserve.”

H.R. 2949 was included with H.R. 5210 when it passed the House. H.R. 5210 was introduced by Congressman Tom Price (R, GA-06). You can learn more about that bill here.  


During the early decades of the 20th century, over 30 states implemented eugenics or compulsory sterilization laws which led to the mandated sterilization of more than 60,000 citizens. Those sterilized were overwhelming poor and were often unaware they were being victimized. At the time, North Carolina was known to have one of the most aggressive sterilization programs, with only two states having been known to sterilize more of their citizens. 

In 2013, North Carolina passed legislation becoming the first state to compensate victims of forced sterilization. This legislation set aside $10 million in the state budget to compensate victims of the state's eugenics program. As of the beginning of 2015, more than 200 victims have been awarded approximately $20,000 each in compensation.  

H.R. 2949 was introduced to further assist victims of these programs by ensuring the payments victims receive do not count towards their eligibility for, or amount of, any benefits they receive from the Federal government. This includes Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), unemployment, Supplemental Security Income, and any other Federal benefits. 

H.R. 2949's companion legislation in the Senate, S. 1698, which was introduced by North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr passed that chamber by unanimous consent on November 30, 2015. You can read more about its passage here. Read More

McHenry Votes for Bipartisan Reform to Our Nation's Mental Health System


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act by a vote of 422-2: 

“Mental illness effects hundreds of thousands of Americans and their families including many in western North Carolina. It is a serious medical crisis that for too long has been ignored, leading to premature deaths and unnecessary tragedies.  
“This afternoon the House took a major step forward by passing the most comprehensive mental health reform bill in years. This legislation makes significant reforms to our nation’s mental health system including increasing the number of psychiatric hospital beds available to treat patients, increasing mental healthcare in small and rural communities, and utilizing innovation to improve the care provided to patients.”  
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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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Walter Jones


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Robert Pittenger


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