About Patrick McHenry
Patrick McHenry became only the third person in forty years to represent the people of North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District with his victory in the 2004 election. Patrick survived a competitive four-candidate primary and then won an extremely close runoff election by a margin of 85 votes. He was re-elected to represent the 10th District—a seven county area in Western North Carolina stretching from the suburbs of Charlotte in the east to Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west—with wide margins.
A life-long resident of North Carolina, Patrick is the youngest of five children born and raised in Gastonia, NC. Patrick attended Ashbrook High School before going on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History from Belmont Abbey College. Patrick currently resides in Denver, NC with his wife Giulia and daughter Cecelia Rose where they are members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Patrick is also a member of the Gastonia Rotary Club.
During his rise in Congress, Patrick has become a leading conservative and in 2014 was picked to serve as the House’s Chief Deputy Whip. In this role, Patrick directly assists Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) as they build consensus for the conservative policy agenda of House Republicans.
Patrick is a proven leader on the issues important to you such as protecting our Second Amendment rights against liberal attacks and fighting to end illegal immigration. In 2015, as the ATF tried again to restrict your Constitutional rights, Patrick introduced the “Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act” to stop them. When Patrick learned illegal immigrants were receiving federal benefits intended for low income Americans, he introduced the “No Free Rides Act” to block them from obtaining these benefits.
Numerous groups have recognized Patrick’s efforts on behalf of the people of Western North Carolina. He has received an “A” rating from National Right to Life, Americans for Tax Reform, and the National Rifle Association—of which he is a Life Member. He has also been named a “True Blue” Member of Congress by the Family Research Council for his strong support of families, and a “Taxpayer Hero” by Citizens Against Government Waste. Patrick also has a lifetime rating of 95.2 from the American Conservative Union, the gold standard of Congressional scorecards.
Patrick has been the recipient of several additional awards and recognitions including: the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s “Small Business Champion” Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” Award, and, in 2009, he was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the “40 Under 40,” a list of rising stars in American politics.
During the 2014 election cycle, Patrick served as the NRCC Vice Chairman for Recruitment helping lead candidate recruitment resulting in House Republican’s current historic majority of 247 members.
Prior to being elected to Congress in 2004 at the age of 29, Patrick represented the 109th District in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He also served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, a post he was appointed to by President Bush.