BREAKING: Former Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry Announces His Abrupt Retirement from Congress

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Republican Representative Patrick McHenry from North Carolina recently announced his abrupt retirement from Congress. After finishing out his current term, the former acting Speaker of the House will not seek re-election.

Congressman McHenry took to Twitter to share this announcement.

After Kevin McCarthy’s removal in October, Rep. Patrick McHenry served as Congress’s first Speaker Pro Tempore. He joins the ranks of nearly 40 congressional members opting for retirement at the end of their term.

From the New York Times:

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Representative Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina, who made history as the first interim speaker of the House after Republicans ousted their own speaker and struggled for weeks to agree on a successor, said on Tuesday he would leave Congress at the end of his term.

The announcement by Mr. McHenry, the chairman of the Financial Services Committee, added him to the growing ranks of lawmakers who have already announced that they will depart the House and Senate, many of them citing the historic dysfunction of Capitol Hill.

You can read Rep. Patrick McHenry’s full statement here:

“I will be retiring from Congress at the end of my current term. This is not a decision I come to lightly, but I believe there is a season for everything and—for me—this season has come to an end.

“Past, present, and future, the House of Representatives is the center of our American republic. Through good and bad, during the highest of days and the lowest, and from proud to infamous times, the House is the venue for our nation’s disagreements bound up in our hopes for a better tomorrow. It is a truly special place and—as an American—my service here is undoubtedly my proudest. Since being sworn in January 3rd2005, I have worked every day to uphold the Constitution and the system of government our founders so wisely created.

“Thank you to my bosses at home in western North Carolina for giving me the opportunity to serve you. I strived each day in this job to not let you down. Being entrusted as your voice in Washington is my highest honor and that remains true today. My goal has always been to be a voice for western North Carolina to Washington, not the other way around.

“I’m thankful for my staff—in DC and at home in NC—who have so ably served me during my time in the House. It has been an honor to work alongside you over the past two decades. They are gifted folks who have dedicated their careers to serving the people of western North Carolina and our nation.

“Throughout my years in the House, I’ve mentored and been mentored. I’ve learned from many, been taught lessons by others. I am proud to have been a legislator for nearly twenty years. The craft of legislating is an art and I’m thankful for all the members and staff who helped me hone that craft.

“As the youngest of five kids, I learned the best from my brothers and sisters. My family means the world to me. The center of that world is my wife Giulia. Together, we have three amazing kids who have made our lives all the better. I’m grateful for the sacrifices they’ve made supporting me as I’ve served in the House.

“There has been a great deal of handwringing and ink spilled about the future of this institution because some—like me—have decided to leave. Those concerns are exaggerated. I’ve seen a lot of change over twenty years. I truly feel this institution is on the verge of the next great turn. Whether it’s 1974, 1994, or 2010, we’ve seen the House evolve over time. Evolutions are often lumpy and disjointed, but at each stage, new leaders emerge. There are many smart and capable members who remain, and others are on their way. I’m confident the House is in good hands.

“I look forward to what the next season brings for my family and me.”

Although the reactions to his retirement online and social media are mixed, most feel that it is good news for the Republican party. Three down, 102 or so to go.

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