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McHenry, who led U.S. House in October, will not seek reelection

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(The Center Square) – North Carolina’s first 24 hours of filing for the 2024 election cycle is becoming more known for who is not than is, according to published reports.

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, said he will not seek reelection. For three weeks in October following the ouster of Speaker Kevin McCarthy, McHenry led the chamber in the interim.

During that time, he said he was focused on getting the next speaker and did not want the position himself. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, was elected speaker by his colleagues Oct. 25.

“I will be retiring from Congress at the end of my current term,” McHenry said. “This is not a decision I came to lightly, but I believe there is a season for everything and – for me – this season has come to an end. I look forward to what the next season brings for my family and me.”

The filing period opened Monday at noon across the state, where 14 seats in Congress will be on the ballot along with all 10 Council of State offices and the 170 seats of the state General Assembly. Hours before it started, Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, was the first notable lawmaker saying no to reelection.

McHenry, known in part for his dapper attire inclusive of bow ties, is expected to finish his term. The 48-year-old is chairman of the Financial Services Committee, a panel he has had a seat on since election in November 2004 at the age of 29.

His rise through the ranks included 2015 selection as the chief deputy whip to Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana. He has never voted for a tax increase.

McHenry has been serving an area from the suburbs of Charlotte on Lake Norman to Pisgah National Forest in Burke County.

Krawiec’s decision not to run is notable because of her ties to Medicaid expansion, an issue her party long fought. The decision was reached in March, provided a state budget was enacted, and that happened in September. The official expansion was Friday.

Krawiec, who said she will finish her term, was also a significant part of Republicans’ push in 2018 to implement voter ID. A ballot referendum easily passed, with 55.5% of more than 3.6 million voters saying yes.

Another notable state lawmaker not running will be Rep. Rosa Gill, D-Wake. She filled a vacancy in 2009 and has been reelected each term since. She told a local radio station, “I’ve served long enough.”

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