Pro-crypto lawmaker Patrick McHenry to retire from Congress
The congressman, who has held office since 2005, confirmed in a Dec. 5 statement that he would not seek reelection at the end of his current term.
U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry, renowned for his role as a primary proponent of cryptocurrency in legislative circles, has decided to retire at the end of his current term in January 2025. The Congressman confirmed his impending departure in a statement released on Dec. 5.
McHenry, who has been a member of Congress since Jan. 3, 2005, expressed his gratitude to his constituents in western North Carolina and his staff for their unwavering support throughout his tenure.
As the House Financial Services Committee chairman, McHenry was pivotal in guiding critical cryptocurrency legislation. His efforts were instrumental in advancing two significant digital assets bills towards votes in the House of Representatives, aiming to regulate U.S. stablecoin issuers and establish rules for the broader crypto markets.
McHenry’s decision not to seek reelection marks the end of a dynamic career characterized by bipartisanship and pragmatic negotiation. His approach to legislation, especially in financial services and technology, earned him respect across party lines.
With McHenry’s retirement, the crypto industry will lose a key ally in Congress.
His efforts, particularly in collaboration with Maxine Waters, brought the stablecoin bill to the brink of realization. Waters has indicated a willingness to continue this work, highlighting the bipartisan nature of the endeavor.
McHenry’s departure comes at a crucial time for crypto legislation. As the industry seeks regulatory clarity, the absence of McHenry’s leadership could impact the momentum of these critical bills. His role in negotiating the stablecoin bill, nearing completion, exemplifies his influence in shaping the future of digital assets regulation.
The announcement also signifies a shift in the House’s dynamics. McHenry, known for his distinctive bowties and pragmatic deal-making, was a central figure in the GOP’s legislative strategy. His sudden rise to acting speaker following the ousting of Kevin McCarthy underscored his significance within the Republican caucus.
As McHenry prepares to conclude his term in January 2025, the focus turns to the potential impact of his retirement on ongoing negotiations and the broader legislative agenda.
The crypto industry, while still having supporters like Majority Whip Tom Emmer and French Hill, faces challenges from critics such as Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, who serves as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.