Patrick McHenry

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Patrick T. McHenry
Patrick T. McHenry.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 10
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 10
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina House of Representatives
Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor
Bachelor'sBelmont Abbey College
OtherNorth Carolina State University (did not earn degree)
Date of birthOctober 22, 1975
Place of birthCharlotte, North Carolina
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Patrick Timothy McHenry (b. October 22, 1975) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina. McHenry was elected by voters from North Carolina's 10th congressional district. McHenry defeated Ken Fortenberry and Don Peterson in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McHenry is a "far-right Republican".[2]

McHenry won re-election on November 6th, 2012.[3]


McHenry was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University, but earned his B.A. from Belmont Abbey College in 1999.[4]


After earning his degree, McHenry worked as a realtor until he was appointed as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor by President George W. Bush in 2001. He also served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


McHenry serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Financial Services Committee (Vice Chairwoman)
    • Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity[7]
  • Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs (Chairman)
    • Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives[8]


Political positions

Specific Votes

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Patrick T. McHenry voted with the Republican Party 93.9% of the time, which ranked 98th among the 242 House Republican members as of January 2012.[9]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Patrick McHenry endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [10]



See also: North Carolina's 10th congressional district elections, 2012

McHenry ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 10th District. McHenry won the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. McHenry defeated Ken Fortenberry and Don Peterson in the May 8, 2012 Republican primary.[1]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[11] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[11]

Primary Results

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives-North Carolina, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick McHenry 72.5% 58,844
Ken H. Fortenberry 19.6% 15,936
Don Peterson 7.8% 6,337
Total Votes 81,117


On November 2, 2010, McHenry was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth term. He defeated Jeff Gregory (D).[13]

U.S. House, North Carolina Congressional District 10 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick T. McHenry Incumbent 71.2% 130,813
     Democratic Jeff Gregory 28.8% 52,972
Total Votes 183,785

Campaign donors


As of April 18, 2012, McHenry had raised $809,100 during the 2012 election cycle, and spent $510,130, leaving him with $323,727 cash on hand. Three of McHenry's top contributors are Wells Fargo, which gave $15,000; and Advance America Cash Advance Centers and Amscot Financial, while both gave $10,000.[14]

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are McHenry's reports.[15]

Patrick McHenry (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2012$256,817.23$196,256.8$(105,082.28)$347,991.75
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2012$323,727.47$141,020$(167,684.35)$297,063.12
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of McHenry's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
McHenry was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a fourth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,015,155 and spent $886,897.[18]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McHenry paid his congressional staff a total of $982,403 in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranks 7th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, McHenry's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-3,985 to $839,998, which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]


McHenry and his wife Giulia live in his hometown of Cherryville, North Carolina.[21]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
  2. Gov Track "McHenry" Accessed May 23, 2012
  3. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McHENRY, Patrick T., (1975 - )"
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McHENRY, Patrick T., (1975 - )"
  6. Congressman Patrick McHenry, 10th District of North Carolina "Biography"
  7. The Committee on Financial Services, Chairman Spencer Bachus "Oversight and Investigations"
  8. Committee on Oversight & Government Reform "About the Oversight Committee"
  9. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  10. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of North Carolina Elected Officials and Leaders," January 19, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  12. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  14. Accessed May 5, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Patrick McHenry's Summary Report," Accessed August 20, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Patrick McHenry April Quarterly," Accessed August 20, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Patrick McHenry July Quarterly," Accessed August 20, 2012
  18. Open Secrets "Patrick McHenry 2010 Election Data," Accessed January 4, 2012
  19. LegiStorm, "Patrick McHenry," Accessed October 1, 2012
  20., "Larry Kissell (D-NC), 2010," Accessed September 25, 2012
  21. Congressman Patrick McHenry, 10th District of North Carolina "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Cass Ballenger
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
North Carolina House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor
Succeeded by