North Carolina General Assembly Committee Assignments 111th


  • House Standing Committees House Standing Committees
    • Aging
    • Agriculture
    • Alcoholic Beverage Control
    • Appropriations
    • Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources
    • Appropriations, Capital
    • Appropriations, Education
    • Appropriations, General Government
    • Appropriations, Health and Human Services
    • Appropriations, Information Technology
    • Appropriations, Justice and Public Safety
    • Appropriations, Transportation
    • Banking
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    • Education - Community Colleges
    • Education - K-12
    • Education - Universities
    • Elections and Ethics Law
    • Energy and Public Utilities
    • Environment
    • Ethics
    • Finance
    • Health
    • Health Care Reform
    • Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs
    • Homelessness, Foster Care, and Dependency
    • Insurance
    • Judiciary I
    • Judiciary II
    • Judiciary III
    • Judiciary IV
    • Pensions and Retirement
    • Regulatory Reform
    • Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House
    • State and Local Government I
    • State and Local Government II
    • State Personnel
    • Transportation
    • University Board of Governors Nominating
    • Wildlife Resources
  • Conference Committees
    2017-2018, 2015-2016, 2013-2014, 2011-2012, 2009-2010, 2007-2008, 2005-2006, 2003-2004

  • Non-Standing, Interim, and Study Committees Non-Standing, Interim, and Study Committees
    • Administrative Procedure Oversight Comm, Jt Leg
    • Agriculture Awareness Study Commission
    • Agriculture Resources Oversight Comm., Jt. Leg.
    • Capital Improvements Oversight Comm, Jt. Leg.
    • Child Fatality Task Force
    • Child Well-Being Transformation Council
    • Courts Commission
    • Dispute Resolution Options for Homeowners Comm. (LRC)(2017)
    • Division of Local School Units, Jt. Leg. Study Comm. (2017)
    • Economic Development Oversight Comm., Jt. Leg.
    • Education Finance Reform, Jt. Leg. (2017)
    • Education Oversight Committee, Jt Leg
    • Efficiency and Cost-Savings in State Government, Jt. Leg. Study Comm (2017)
    • Elections Oversight Committee, Jt. Leg.
    • Emergency Management Oversight Comm., Jt. Leg.
    • Energy Policy Commission, Jt. Leg.
    • Environmental Review Commission
    • Ethics Committee, Legislative
    • General Government, Jt. Oversight Comm.
    • General Statutes Commission
    • Governmental Operations, Jt. Leg. Commission
    • Health and Human Services, Jt. Leg. Oversight Comm
    • Healthcare in Rural NC Access Comm. (LRC)(2017)
    • Information Technology Operations Comm.
    • Information Technology, Jt Leg Oversight Comm.
    • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Comm. (LRC)(2017)
    • Judicial Funding, Jt. Sel. Comm. (2017)
    • Judicial Reform and Redistricting, Jt. Select Comm. (2017)
    • Justice and Public Safety, Jt. Leg. Oversight Comm.
    • Legislative Research Commission
    • Legislative Services Commission
    • Local Government, Jt. Leg. Committee
    • Lottery, Jt. Leg. Oversight Comm. on the State
    • Medicaid & NC Health Choice Oversight Comm., Jt. Leg.
    • Methamphetamine Abuse, Leg. Comn. on
    • Municipal Incorporations Subcommittee
    • Permanency Innovation Initiative Oversight Comm.
    • Private Process Servers Comm. (LRC)(2017)
    • Program Evaluation Oversight Comm., Jt. Leg.
    • Public Funding of Council of State Elections (2009)
    • Rates and Transfers/Public Enterprises Study Comm. (LRC)(2017)
    • Redistricting, Senate Comm. (2017)
    • Revenue Laws Study Committee
    • Sentencing Reforms for Opioid Drug Convictions (2017)
    • Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (2017)
    • Statuary Hall Selection Comm.
    • Transportation Oversight, Jt Leg Committee
    • Unemployment Insurance, Jt Leg Oversight Comm
  • Expired Non-Standing, Interim, and Study Committees Expired Non-Standing, Interim, and Study Committees
    • 2009 Southern Legislative Conference, Host Comm.
    • 21st Century Revenue System, Leg Study Comn
    • 21st Century Transportation Committee (2007)
    • Abandoned Cemeteries, House Study Comm.
    • Administrative Procedure Rulemaking Comm (LRC)(1989)
    • Adolescent Pregnancy Committee (LRC)(1985)
    • Adolescent Sexuality Teaching (LRC)(1985)
    • Adoption Registry Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Adult Care Homes Subcomm.
    • Adult Guardianship Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Affordable Care Act Study Comm.
    • Age of Juvenile Offenders (LRC)(2011)
    • Aging Committee (LRC)(1985)
    • Aging Study Commission
    • Agricultural Drought Response, Jt Select (2007)
    • Agricultural Waste Study Commission (1995)
    • Agriculture and Criminal Law Committee (LRC)(1989)
    • AIDS Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Air Cargo Airport Complex Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Alcoholic Beverage Control , Jt Study Comm (2009)
    • Alcoholic Beverage Control Comm. (LRC)(2011)
    • Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Alcoholic Beverage Control Study Comn. (2001)
    • Allocation of Judicial Resources Study Comm (1997)
    • Alternative Medical Practices Comm. (LRC)(1991)
    • Animal Treatment Procedures Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Animal Welfare Act Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • APA Rulemaking Process Committee (LRC)(1989)
    • Applied Furniture Tech Ctr, Jt. Study Comm.
    • Aquarium Fees Study Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Arts Education Commission
    • Arts Education, Jt Sel Comm (2007)
    • Assessment of Utility Fees Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • At Risk Students Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Atlantic States Fisheries Compact Comm.(LRC)(1995)
    • Attorney General's Staff Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Authority of Magistrates Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Autism and First Responders, Jt. Study Comm
    • Autism and Public Safety, Jt Study Comm (2007)
    • Autism and Public Safety, Jt Study Comm (2009)
    • Automobile Insurance Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Automobile Insurance Committee (LRC)(2011)
    • Automobile Insurance Modernization, Jt Sel (2007)
    • Bail Bond Laws Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Bail Bondsmen Committee (LRC)(1985)
    • Banking Law Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • Banking Laws Modernization, Jt. Leg. Study (2009)
    • Banking Laws Modernization, Jt. Leg. Study
    • Beach and Fair Plans Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Beach Insurance Availability House Comm. (2001)
    • Beach Insurance Availability Senate Comm. (2001)
    • Beneficial Uses Hemp, Study Comn.
    • Bingo Regulation Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Biological Evidence, Jt Sel. Stdy Comm. (2009 Ltr)
    • Biological Evidence, Jt Sel. Study Comm. (2009)
    • Boards, Commissions, Councils Study Comn.
    • Boards, Commissions, Councils Study Comn.
    • Boating Safety Education Jt Sel Committee (2007)
    • Broadband Task Force, Joint (2009)
    • Budget Oversight Committee (1997)
    • Budget Practices Study Commission (1993)
    • Building Code Issues Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Building Needs, Blue Ribbon Comn. to Study
    • Business Court Modernization, Subcomm. on
    • Business Development Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Cabinet/State Officials Compensation Study (2007)
    • Campaign and Elections Procedures Comm.(LRC)(1985)
    • Campaign Finance Laws, Sen. Study Comm.
    • Campaign Procedures Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Cancer Control Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Capital Improvements, Jt Leg Oversight Committee (REPEALED)
    • Capital Incentive for Tourism Comm. (LRC)(1999)
    • Capital Punishment Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Capital Punishment, House Interim Comm.
    • Capital Trial/Mental Disabilities, JtSelComm(2007)
    • Care Provided Homes Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Career & Tech. Education Comm. (LRC)(2011)
    • Cemetery Act Legislative Study Commission (2009)
    • Cemetery Issues Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Central Living Wills Registry Comm. (LRC)(1999)
    • Child Abuse and Protection Study (LRC)(1985)
    • Child Abuse, House Interim Committee
    • Child Care Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Child Care Study Commission (1997)
    • Child Day Care Issues Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Child Support Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Childhood Obesity, Legislative Task Force (2009)
    • Children and Youth House Select Committee (1995)
    • Children and Youth, Leg. Study Commission
    • Children with Special Needs Study Commission
    • Children's Services Study Comn.
    • Children's Services, Task Force on Coordination of
    • Chiropractic Care Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Chiropractic College Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Chowanoke Recognition Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • Civil Litigation Study Commission (1999)
    • Civil Procedure Study Commission (1995)
    • Civilian Credit for Military Training Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • Coastal Beach Movement Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Coastal Beach Movement Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Coastal Water Quality (LRC)(1985)
    • Coastal Water Quality Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Commission Contracts Study Commission (1999)
    • Commission Contracts Study Comn. (2001)
    • Commissioners' Auth. Over Local Boards (LRC)(1985)
    • Common Core Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • Community Colleges Committee
    • Community Service Alternative (LRC)(1985)
    • Companion Animals House Interim Committee
    • Companion Animals, Leg Study Commission (2001)
    • Comparative Effectiveness Study Advisory Bd (2009)
    • Comparative Effectiveness Study Committee (2009)
    • Comparative Negligence Liability, Jt Sel (2009)
    • Comprehensive Compensation System Task Force(1993)
    • Congressional Redistricting, Jt. Sel. Comm. (2015)
    • Consolidated Environmental Comn. Comm. (LRC)(2011)
    • Consumer Protection Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Consumer Protection Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Consumer Protection Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Consumer Protection Issues Committee (LRC)(1989)
    • Contested Elections, Jt. Select Comm.
    • Contingency Fee Audits Committee (LRC)(2011)
    • Cooperative Extension Service Comm. (LRC)(1997)
    • Court Records Custodian Committee (LRC)(2011)
    • Credit Card Contracts Committee (LRC)(2011)
    • Credit Insurance Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Crime Control Study Commission (1995)
    • Criminal Case Disposition Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Criminal Law Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Criminal Laws Procedures & Sentencing (LRC)(1995)
    • Criminal Procedure Study Commission (1995)
    • Criminal Record Expunctions Committee (LRC)(2011)
    • Cultural & Natural Resources Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • Cultural Resources Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Dangerous Animals, Jt Select (2007)
    • Day Care, Leg. Study Comn. on
    • Dedicated Sources of Revenue Comm. (LRC)(1997)
    • Defibrillators Liability Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Deregulation of Revolving Credit Comm. (LRC)(1989)
    • Development Encroachment on Mil. Base Study
    • Diabetes Prevention Task Force, Jt.Leg
    • Digital Learning Environments (LRC)(2011)
    • Digitization of Records Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Disadvantaged Business Contracts(LRC)(1987)
    • Disadvantaged Business Program, Jt. Leg. Comn. on
    • Discrimination In Employment Comm. (LRC)(1991)
    • Diversity in Public Schools, Legis Comn (2009)
    • Division of 30th District Court Comm. (LRC)(1997)
    • Domestic Violence Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Domestic Violence, Jt. Legis. Comm. on
    • Dorothea Dix Property Study Comn.
    • Downtown Revitalization Committee (LRC)(1995)
    • Drivers Education Requirements Comm. (LRC)(2011)
    • Drivers License Medical Evaluation Study (1995)
    • Dropout Prevention and HS Grad, Jt Leg (2007)
    • Early Childhood Ed Consolidation Task Force (2009)
    • Early Childhood Ed Consolidation, Stdy Comm (2009)
    • Early Childhood Education Development Committee
    • Economic Dev. Incentives, Jt Sel Comm.(2007)
    • Economic Development Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Economic Development Infr. Study Comn.
    • Economic Development Infr., Study Comn.
    • Economic Growth, Jt Select Comm
    • Economic Impact of Rules Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Economic Incentives to Industry Study Comn. (1993)
    • Education at UNC Study Commission (1993)
    • Education for Students on Suspension
    • Education Innovation, House Comm.
    • Education Issues Committee (LRC)(1995)
    • Educator Effectiveness Task Force
    • Efficiencies in State Government Comm. (LRC)(2011)
    • Elected/Appntd Officials Comp. Study Comn.
    • Election Laws Reform Committee (LRC)(1995)
    • Election Laws Review Commission (1993)
    • Election Laws Revision Commission (1999)
    • Election Laws Revision Commission (2001)
    • Elections, Ethics, & Lobbying Comm. (LRC)(2011)
    • Electricity Sales Committee (LRC)(2011)
    • Electronic Voting Systems Study Commission
    • Electronic Voting Systems, Jt Select Comm.
    • Electronically Filed Reports Committee (LRC)(2011)
    • Emergency Care Volunteer Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Emergency Management Issues Comm. (LRC)(1991)
    • Emergency Prep & Disaster Mgmt, Jt Sel Comm (2007)
    • Emergency Prep & Disaster Mgmt, Jt Sel Comm (2009)
    • Emergency Preparedness Study Commission (2001)
    • Emergency Preparedness, Jt Select Comm.
    • Emergency Preparedness, Jt. Study Comm.
    • Employee Hospital and Medical Benefits Committee
    • Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Comm. (LRC)(1999)
    • Employment Procedures Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Employment Security Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Employment Security Law Commission (LRC)(1995)
    • Energy & Fuel Costs, Jt Select Comm.
    • Energy Conservation Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Energy Conservation Committee (LRC)(1995)
    • Energy Future Study Commission (2009)
    • Energy Policy Issues Committee (LRC)(2011)
    • Energy Use in Buildings Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Environmental Justice, Joint Sel. Comm.
    • Environmental Policy Making Comm. (LRC)(1991)
    • Epilepsy Study Commission (2007)
    • Equine Industry, Jt. Study Comm.
    • Ethics and Lobbying Issues Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Exactions Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Executive Budget Act Revisions, Jt Comm.
    • Executive Compliance Select Comm.(1995)
    • Ex-Offender Reintegration, Jt Sel Comm (2009)
    • Expanding Rail Service, House Comm.
    • Expanding Rail Service, Jt. Leg. Comn. on
    • Expungement of Information Comm. (LRC)(1999)
    • Family Issues Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Farmland Preservation Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Federal Education Grants House Select Comm. (1997)
    • Federal Funding Impact on Medicaid (1995)
    • Federal Funds Under Title VI Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Federally-Declared Disasters Comm. (LRC)(1995)
    • Ferries and Oregon Inlet Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Financial Aid, Jt Select Committee (2009)
    • Financial Aid, Jt. Leg Study of State Funded(2009)
    • Financial Institutions Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Financial Institutions Issues Comm. (LRC)(1995)
    • Financial Institutions Issues Comm. (LRC)(1997)
    • Fire and Occupational Safety Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Firefighter Benefits Study Committee (LRC)(1989)
    • Fiscal Modernization Study Commission
    • Fiscal Trends and Reform Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Food Desert Zones Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • Foster Care Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • Funeral Regulation Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • Future of Courts Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Future of Electric Service Study Comn (1997)
    • Future of the NC Railroad Study Commission
    • Future Strategies for NC, Jt Leg Commission
    • Gerontology Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Global Climate Change, Leg. Comm. on
    • Global Engagement Jt Select Committee (2009)
    • Government Efficiency House Interim Comm. (2001)
    • Government Performance Audit Comm
    • Government Performance Audit Jt Sel (2005-07)
    • Governmental Immunity, Jt Select Comm (2007)
    • Grandparent Visitation Rights Comm. (LRC)(1995)
    • Groundwater Protection Study (LRC)(1989)
    • Growth Management Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Growth Strategies Oversight Committee, Jt Leg
    • Guardian Ad Litem Program Comm. (LRC)(1995)
    • Guardian Ad Litem Program Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Guardianship Laws Jt. Leg Study Comn (2007)
    • Guardianship Laws Leg. Study Comn.
    • Guardianship Laws, House Study Comm. on
    • Haw River & Jordan Water Quality (LRC)(1985)
    • Hazardous Materials Facilities Task Force (2007)
    • Health Care Insurance Costs Committee (LRC)(1989)
    • Health Care Oversight Committee, Jt Leg
    • Health Care Provider Comm. (LRC)(2013)
    • Health Care Workforce Study Commission
    • Health Insurance Accessibility, Jt. Leg.
    • Health Systems Issues Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Higher Education Bond Oversight Committee
    • Higher Education Civic Ed. Study Comn. (2007)
    • Higher Education Facilities Needs Committee (1999)
    • Highway Trust Fund House Comm. (2001)
    • Highway Trust Fund Senate Comm. (2001)
    • Highway Trust Fund Study Committee (2001)
    • Highway Trust Fund Study Committee
    • Historic Preservation Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Historic Sites Repair Review Committee
    • Homeless Persons Study Committee (LRC)(1989)
    • Homeless Youth Comm. (LRC)(2015)
    • Homestead Exemption Study Committee (1999)
    • Horace Williams Airport Study Commission (2001)
    • Horace Williams Airport, Jt Select Comm
    • Horse Racing Committee (LRC)(1991)
    • Hospital Infection Control, Jt Study Comm(2007)
    • Hospital Infection Disclosure Advisory Comn (2007)
    • Housing Discrimination Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Housing Subcomm.
    • Housing, Joint Study Committee (2007)
    • Hunter Safety Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Hurricane Evacuation Study Comn.
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    • Hurricane Relief, Jt. Select Comm. on
    • Impact of Military Bases Committee (LRC)(1999)
    • Incapacity to Proceed Committee (LRC)(2011)
    • Indian Children Culture, House Study Comm (2009
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    • Information Technology Committee (LRC)(1997)
    • Information Technology, Leg. Study Comn.
    • Inmate Substance Abuse Therapy(LRC)(1985)
    • Insanity Verdict Study Committee (LRC)(1989)
    • Insurance Fraud Committee (LRC)(1993)
    • Insurance in Coastal Areas Comm. (LRC)(1999)
    • Insurance Issues Committee (LRC) (1997)
    • Insurance Issues Committee (LRC)(1995)
    • Insurance Regulatory & Rate Comm. (LRC)(2015)
    • Interest Rate Regulation(LRC)(1985)
    • Intergovernmental Relations Comm. (LRC)(1997)
    • Intern Program Council, Legislative
    • Interstate Banking Committee (LRC)(1987)
    • Investment of State-Owned Funds Study Comn. (2009)
    • Itinerant Merchants (LRC)(1985)
    • Job Training Programs Study Commission (1995))
    • Job Training Programs Study Commission (1997)

Patrick Timothy McHenry (born October 22, 1975) is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 10th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives for a single term. The district is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and includes Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Lincolnton, Shelby, and part of Asheville.

Early life, education and career[edit]

McHenry was born in Gastonia, North Carolina. He grew up in suburban Gastonia, the son of the owner of the Dixie Lawn Care Company,[1] and attended Ashbrook High School. While at Ashbrook High School, McHenry participated in the Close Up Washington civic education programs. A Roman Catholic, McHenry was the youngest of five children. His parents are now deceased.

Halfway through North Carolina State University, McHenry transferred to Belmont Abbey College.[1] At Belmont, McHenry founded the school's College Republican chapter,[1] then became chair of the North Carolina Federation of College Republicans and served as treasurer for the College Republican National Committee.

His first run for public office was for the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1998, while still a junior in college; he won the primary but lost in the general election. The Democratic winner was the father of a high school classmate.

After earning a B.A. in history in 1999, McHenry worked for the media consulting firm DCI/New Media, in Washington, D.C. He was involved in Rick Lazio's campaign against Hillary Clinton during the November 2000 United States Senate election in New York; his main project was running a Web site,[1] In 2012, he received an Honorary M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from Yorktown University.[2]

Early political career[edit]

In mid-2000, McHenry was hired by Karl Rove to be the National Coalition Director for George W. Bush's successful 2000 presidential campaign.[1] In late 2000 and early 2001, he was a volunteer coordinator for Bush's inaugural committee. After working for six months in 2001 as a special assistant to Elaine Chao, the United States Secretary of Labor in Washington, D.C., McHenry returned to North Carolina and ran again for the North Carolina General Assembly, winning in the November 2002 general election.

A resident of Denver, North Carolina, McHenry represented the state's 10th House district, including constituents in Gaston County, for the 2003–2004 session. While in the legislature, he sat on the House Appropriations Committee.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

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

McHenry serves on two House Committees: Financial Services, and Oversight and Government Reform. McHenry holds two House Republican leadership positions; he is a Deputy Whip and Vice Chairman of Finance for the National Republican Congressional Committee's Executive Committee.[4]

Since 2011, McHenry has been Chairman of the Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Private and Public Programs on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In this capacity he has held hearings on municipal bankruptcies and bailouts and the future of TARP.

On May 29, 2014, McHenry called for Eric Shinseki, the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, to resign. This was due to "revelations of mismanagement and mistreatment at VA facilities in Phoenix and across the country." In a press release, McHenry said: "The treatment of veterans by the Phoenix VA is nothing short of disgusting. These brave Americans have given so much for our country and for them to be subjected to this horrendous treatment is repugnant. After I reviewed yesterday's interim report, it is clear that Secretary Shinseki has failed his most basic responsibility of caring for America's heroes. The report found these issues not to be isolated incidents but rather systemic problems throughout the VA system, a system Secretary Shinseki has led since the President took the oath of office in 2009. In light of these most recent revelations, I believe it is time Secretary Shinseki resign and allow for new leadership that will protect our nation's veterans. While the treatment of veterans uncovered in the report is awful, I must commend the staffs at both the Hickory outpatient clinic and Asheville VA Medical Center who have served the veterans in my district with distinction. I appreciate their service to our veterans."[5]


In the 109th Congress, McHenry authored legislation which would increase the penalty for anyone who manufactured methamphetamine in the presence of a child. The legislation, H.R. 1616, was incorporated into legislation which passed the House and Senate.[6][7] It was signed into law as part of the Patriot Act reauthorization in March, 2006.[8]

In the 110th Congress, in the Committee on Financial Services, McHenry worked with Rep. Al Green (D-TX) on legislation requiring mortgage lenders to simplify their mortgage disclosure forms for home buyers.[9] Their Mortgage Disclosure Simplification Act was integrated into H.R. 3915, the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007, comprehensive housing reform legislation passed by the House. It awaits action by the Senate.[10][needs update]

In 2008, McHenry opposed H.R. 5767, the Payment Systems Protection Act (a bill that sought to place a moratorium on enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act while the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve defined "unlawful Internet gambling").

McHenry was honored by the North Carolina Chapters of the American Legion and Marine Corps League after assisting in bringing a Veteran's Community Based Outpatient Clinic to Hickory, a project his predecessor Cass Ballenger had begun before his retirement.[11]

After the passing of Senator Jesse Helms, McHenry sponsored a resolution (H.Res. 608) honoring Helms's life and service.[12] Every member of the North Carolina delegation co-sponsored his resolution, and it was passed by the House of Representatives by unanimous consent.

McHenry authored the Independence Prize Act of 2007 (H.R. 2867), which would authorize a prize of up to $1 billion to an American company or individual who invented a transformative source of energy to replace fossil fuels.[13] McHenry also co-sponsored numerous pieces of legislation designed to open drilling for oil in the outer continental shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as well as increased use of nuclear and coal pollution mitigation energy.[14][full citation needed][15]

On March 2, 2010, McHenry proposed new legislation, H.R. 4705, that would redesign the face of the $50 bill to include the likeness of the 40th President, Ronald Reagan.

The House passed two bills sponsored by Congressman McHenry in 2011. The first terminated the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The second was the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, commonly referred to as Crowdfunding and was introduced to foster relationships between investors and entrepreneurs. Specifically, it permits crowdfunding issuances that offer an equity stake (securities) to investors. In 2012, McHenry's Entrepreneur Access to Capital bill was integrated into the larger JOBS Act (H.R. 3606), which was passed by the House on March 8, 2012. The bill was also passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012.



McHenry stirred further controversy with his remarks on April 1, 2008, regarding a trip to Iraq. Speaking to 150 Republicans attending the Lincoln County GOP Dinner, he called a contractor, reported first by blogs as a "U.S. soldier"[16] – performing security duties in Iraq as "a two-bit security guard" because the contractor denied McHenry access to a gym.

We spent the night in the Green Zone, in the poolhouse of one of Saddam's palaces. A little weird, I got to be honest with you. But I felt safe. And so in the morning, I got up early – not that I make this a great habit – but I went to the gym because I just couldn’t sleep and everything else. Well, sure enough, the guard wouldn’t let me in. Said I didn't have the correct credentials. It's 5:00 in the morning. I haven't had sleep. I was not very happy with this two bit security guard. So you know, I said, "I want to see your supervisor." Thirty minutes later, the supervisor wasn’t happy with me, they escort me back to my room. It happens. I guess I didn't need to work out anyway.[17][18]

He later apologized, saying that "it was a poor choice of words."[19]

Baghdad video[edit]

McHenry was also 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 McHenry's video violated OPSEC, Operational Security.[20] McHenry later removed the video after discussing the information with the Pentagon, which requested McHenry not place the video back online.[21]Lance Sigmon, McHenry's opponent, later went on to call a press conference to demand an investigation regarding the full nature of the video's effect on Green Zone Troops.[22][full citation needed] Sigmon attacked McHenry in a campaign ad regarding this controversy, prompting McHenry to threaten legal action, claiming the ad was false.

Use of PAC funds[edit]

On April 16, 2008, Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call revealed that McHenry used funds from his political action committee (PAC), "More Conservatives", to fund the defense of former aide Michael Aaron Lay's voter fraud charges incurred during McHenry's 2004 race.[23] McHenry gave Lay $20,000 to pay legal bills on voter fraud charges brought while Lay worked for him.[23] These expenses were labeled as "Legal Expense Donation", according to Federal Election Commission reports. Lay agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement, which stipulated he complete 100 hours of community service and pay $240.50 in court fees and $250.00 in community service fees to have the charges dismissed.[citation needed] Lay, an employee of the 2004 campaign, lived in McHenry's home in Cherryville which also served as the campaign headquarters during the 2004 election, was indicted for voter fraud in McHenry's election, allegedly voted illegally in two separate instances.[24] McHenry, in response, claimed the case was part of a "three-year smear campaign" by District Attorney Locke Bell,[25] despite Locke Bell fund raising for McHenry in previous elections.[26][full citation needed]

Countrywide donations[edit]

McHenry has also been called out by the Center for Responsive Politics' Capital Eye, who found evidence that McHenry had been taking money from Countrywide Financial, a company now involved in the subprime mortgage crisis.[27] 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.

Elizabeth Warren[edit]

On May 24, 2011, Elizabeth Warren – appointed by President Obama to oversee the development of the new U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – attended a House subcommittee meeting chaired by McHenry, who invited her because he felt she had given misleading testimony during another hearing. Earlier that day, McHenry had appeared on CNBC and accused Warren of lying to Congress about her involvement in government inquiries into mortgage servicing.[28]

The meeting had several late and last minute changes, so Warren altered her schedule to accommodate the chair's request. Around 2:15 pm, McHenry called for a temporary recess to partake in a floor vote. In response, Warren indicated that McHenry's staff had agreed to the 2:15 pm closing time to allow her ample time to attend another meeting. McHenry replied, "You had no agreement.... You're making this up, Ms. Warren. This is not the case." As Warren and some in the audience reacted with surprise, Rep. Elijah Cummings interjected, "Mr. Chairman ... I'm trying to be cordial here, but you just accused the lady of lying. I think you need to clear this up with your staff."[29]

Although the CFPB confirmed the agreement, McHenry refused to apologize for his remarks to Warren.[30]

The Hickory Daily Record, the largest paper in McHenry's district, called for McHenry to apologize, saying that it was "unacceptable for any member of Congress, especially a subcommittee chairman," to treat a witness in the manner with which he treated Warren.[31]

Political campaigns[edit]


In 2004, after one term in the North Carolina General Assembly, McHenry successfully ran for Congress in the 10th Congressional district, which had come open when nine-term incumbent Cass Ballenger retired. McHenry faced a heavily contested primary in the 10th and bested his closest opponent, Catawba CountySheriff David Huffman, in a primary runoff by only 85 votes.

In the general election, McHenry won 64% of the popular vote, defeating Democrat Anne Fischer. However, it was generally thought McHenry's victory in the primary runoff was tantamount to election in November: his district is considered North Carolina's most Republican district, having sent Republicans to represent it since 1963.


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2006

In the 2006 election, McHenry defeated Democrat Richard Carsner, gaining almost 62% of the vote on the way to a second term representing the 10th District.


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2008 § District 10

In 2008, McHenry defeated Lance Sigmon in the Republican primary, winning 67% of the vote, and faced Democrat Daniel Johnson in the general election. Johnson was considered the strongest and best-funded Democrat to run in the district in over 20 years. In part because of this, the Cook Political Report moved the race from "Safe Republican" to "Likely Republican." This meant that in Charlie Cook's opinion, while McHenry still had a considerable advantage, a victory by Johnson could not be ruled out. Shortly after the Cook Political Report's update, Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report, also a nonpartisan analysis of American politics and elections, addressed the race and indicated his opinion that an upset is unlikely.[32] McHenry won the 2008 election, 58% to 42%.[33]


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2010 § District 10

McHenry easily defeated Democratic challenger Jeff Gregory.


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2012 § District 10

McHenry easily defeated Republican primary challengers Ken Fortenberry and Don Peterson in May 2012 with 73% of the vote in the redrawn 10th District.


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  2. ^Wade Shol, Cong. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) honored by honorary MBA in Entrepreneurship, Press Release, June 12, 2012
  3. ^"Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
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  5. ^"McHenry Calls for VA Secretary Shinseki to Resign". US House of Representatives. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^H.R. 1616 in the 110th Congress
  7. ^Jason Saine. "Congressman McHenry Co-sponsors Methamphetamine Epidemic Elimination Act". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  8. ^"Congressman McHenry's Meth Bill Signed into Law – Congressman Patrick McHenry". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  9. ^REALTOR Magazine-Daily News-Bill Brings Clarity to Complex Mortgage Disclosures
  10. ^H.R. 3915 in the 110th Congress, as of 2008-11-07
  11. ^Jason Saine. "Veterans Groups Recognize Congressman McHenry For Work On Behalf Of Veterans". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  12. ^H.Res. 608 in the 110th Congress
  13. ^H.R. 2867 in the 110th Congress
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  15. ^One of 88 cosponsors of H.R. 3089 in the 110th Congress
  16. ^"Rep. McHenry calls U.S. soldier in Iraq a 'two-bit security guard.' – ThinkProgress". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  17. ^McHenry Refers to Soldier as "Two Bit Security Guard", Carolina Politics Online, April 3, 2008
  18. ^Video of Patrick McHenry's "two-bit soldier" remark on YouTube
  19. ^"Lawmaker apologizes for comment on Iraq guard – Army News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports – Army Times". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  20. ^"VetVoice: Congressman McHenry Violates OPSEC; Endangers Troops". Archived from the original on 12 December 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  21. ^Iraq visit hurts congressman : : Greensboro, North Carolina
  22. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [full citation needed]
  23. ^ ab"Necessary Overhead?". Roll Call. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  24. ^Rey, Michael (May 11, 2007). "Congressman McHenry's Campaign Aide Indicted". CBS News. 
  25. ^Breaking News: McHenry campaign aide indicted for voter fraud from 2004 election, mchenry, lay, news : The Star Online : The Newspaper of Cleveland CountyArchived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine.
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  27. ^OpenSecrets | Countrywide's Campaign Contributions Weren't Loans, But They Were Investments – Capital EyeArchived 2008-11-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^Wyatt, Edward (May 24, 2011). "Decorum Breaks Down at House Hearing". The New York Times. 
  29. ^"Chairman McHenry Calls Elizabeth Warren a Liar at Subcommittee Hearing". YouTube. 
  30. ^McAuliff, Michael (May 24, 2011). "Elizabeth Warren Called Liar At CFPB Hearing By Republicans Who Botched Facts On Agency (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 
  31. ^"EDITORIAL: McHenry should apologize to voters". Hickory Daily Record. Retrieved August 18, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  32. ^"The Rothenberg Political Report[FeedShow RSS reader]". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  33. ^"2008 General Elections: Reports (unofficial results)". North Carolina State Board of Elections. November 6, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2008. 

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