McHenry announces retirement from Congress

Temporary House speaker Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., gives a thumbs up to Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., after he noted McHenry had a smile on his face as Republicans try to elect Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., to be the new House speaker, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry, who presided temporarily over the U.S. House for three intense weeks in October, announced Tuesday that he won’t seek reelection to his seat next year.

McHenry, who was first elected to the House in 2004 at age 29, unveiled the surprise decision the day after candidate filing started in North Carolina. He currently represents the 10th Congressional District covering several counties north and west of Charlotte entering the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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