Rep. Patrick McHenry plans to retire at the end of his term, and a former Green Beret has launched a bid to take his place

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Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina has announced plans to retire from Congress after finishing his current term. By the time his term ends in early 2025, McHenry will have been serving in the House for two decades.

“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 in a statement. “I look forward to what the next season brings for my family and me.”

The lawmaker expressed optimism about the future of the House of Representatives.

“There has been a great deal of handwringing and ink spilled about the future of this institution because some—like me—have decided to leave. Those concerns are exaggerated,” he asserted. “I’ve seen a lot of change over twenty years. I truly feel this institution is on the verge of the next great turn. Whether it’s 1974, 1994, or 2010, we’ve seen the House evolve over time. Evolutions are often lumpy and disjointed, but at each stage, new leaders emerge. There are many smart and capable members who remain, and others are on their way. I’m confident the House is in good hands.”

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Earlier this year, after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was ousted from his post as House speaker, McHenry acted as speaker pro tempore. Weeks after the removal of McCarthy, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) was selected as the new House speaker.

Former Green Beret Pat Harrigan has announced a bid to fill the congressional seat. “Harrigan brings seven-figure resources and has hired Congressman McHenry’s former campaign Manager, Eduardo Andrade, to manage his campaign,” a press release notes.

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