26 Facts About Patrick McHenry


Patrick Timothy McHenry was born on October 22,1975 and is the US representative for, serving since 2005.


Patrick McHenry served as a House Republican chief deputy whip from 2014 to 2019, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee from 2019 to 2023, and chair of the House Financial Services Committee since 2023.


Patrick McHenry grew up in suburban Gastonia, the son of the owner of the Dixie Lawn Care Company, and attended Ashbrook High School.


Patrick McHenry attended North Carolina State University before transferring to Belmont Abbey College.


In 1998, while a junior in college, Patrick McHenry ran for the North Carolina House of Representatives.


Patrick McHenry won the Republican primary but lost the general election.


In mid-2000, Karl Rove hired McHenry to be the National Coalition Director for George W Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.

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At age 33, Patrick McHenry was the youngest member of the 110th United States Congress; 27-year-old Aaron Schock of Illinois took office in the 111th United States Congress in January 2009.


Patrick McHenry is a deputy whip and vice chair of finance for the National Republican Congressional Committee's executive committee.


Patrick McHenry stirred controversy with remarks on April 1,2008, regarding a trip to Iraq.


Patrick McHenry was the subject of discussion regarding a video posted on his congressional campaign website that featured him in the Green Zone in Baghdad, pointing out landmarks and destruction after missile attacks.


Veteran's affairs blog VetVoice posted a scathing attack, claiming that Patrick McHenry's video violated Operational Security.


Patrick McHenry later removed the video after discussing the information with the Pentagon, which requested he not place the video back online.


Patrick McHenry gave Lay $20,000 to pay legal bills on voter fraud charges brought while Lay worked for him.


OpenSecrets' Capital Eye found evidence that Patrick McHenry had been taking money from Countrywide Financial, a company involved in the subprime mortgage crisis.


Patrick McHenry took $5,500 from Countrywide's PAC, and served in an investigation into CEO payout fraud, of which one of the target companies was Countrywide Financial itself.


On May 24,2011, Elizabeth Warren, appointed by President Obama to oversee the development of the new US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, attended a House subcommittee meeting chaired by Patrick McHenry, who invited her because he felt she had given misleading testimony during another hearing.


Around 2:15 pm, Patrick McHenry called for a temporary recess to partake in a floor vote.


The CFPB confirmed the agreement, but Patrick McHenry refused to apologize for his remarks to Warren.


The Hickory Daily Record, the largest paper in Patrick McHenry's district, called for Patrick McHenry to apologize, saying that it was "unacceptable for any member of Congress, especially a subcommittee chairman" to treat a witness in the manner in which he treated Warren.


Patrick McHenry supported a 2020 rule change by the Trump administration whereby payday lenders would no longer have to check whether prospective borrowers can afford to repay high-interest loans.


Patrick McHenry did not join the majority of Republican members of Congress who sided with the Trump campaign's attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election.


Patrick McHenry voted in favor of certifying both Arizona's and Pennsylvania's votes in the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count.


In 2004, after one term in the North Carolina General Assembly, Patrick McHenry ran for Congress in the 10th Congressional district when nine-term incumbent Cass Ballenger retired.


Patrick McHenry faced a heavily contested primary and bested his closest opponent, Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman, in a runoff by only 85 votes.

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Patrick McHenry defeated Jeff Gregory, Jeffrey Baker, and Albert Lee Wiley Jr.