Ex-Temporary House Speaker To Retire

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 25: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., foreground, leave a meeting of House Republicans in the Capitol, September 25, 2015, after Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will resign from Congress at the end of October. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
  • Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), the chair of the Financial Services Committee and former Speaker pro tempore, announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the conclusion of this Congress.
  • McHenry’s decision brings to a close his nearly two-decade tenure in Congress, a period that recently thrust him into the spotlight during the upheaval surrounding the unseating of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). McHenry received bipartisan praise for his handling of the situation, and there were speculations about his potential candidacy for the Speaker position.
  • In a statement, McHenry remarked, “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.”