Republican McHenry announces bid for Financial Services ranking member

Republican McHenry announces bid for Financial Services ranking member
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Rep. Patrick McHenryPatrick Timothy McHenryExport-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations Top Financial Services Republican presses regulators on Dodd-Frank rollbacks Dems digging into Trump finances post-Mueller MORE (R-N.C.) on Thursday announced he is running to be the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee in the next Congress.

McHenry, the Financial Services panel’s current vice chairman, said Thursday he would run to be the committee's ranking Republican in 2019. The congressman said he would be “continuing my conversations with my House Republican colleagues as I make the case for why I’m the best candidate to lead our committee going forward.”

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McHenry touted a record of working "with both Republicans and Democrats to increase access to capital for American small businesses and families."

Current Financial Services Chairman Rep. Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingMaxine Waters is the Wall Street sheriff the people deserve Ex-GOP congressman heads to investment bank The next two years of federal housing policy could be positive under Mark Calabria MORE (R) is retiring at the end of his term.

The Hill reported last week that McHenry was expected to seek the top minority spot on the committee if Republicans lost control of the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

McHenry, the GOP chief deputy whip, is widely respected among Financial Services panel members, House Republicans and industry advocates. He was poised to climb the House leadership ladder if Republicans held onto the lower chamber after the retirement of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDebate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 Liz Cheney faces a big decision on her future MORE (R-Wis.), likely replacing Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump encouraged Scalise to run for governor in Louisiana: report We owe a debt of gratitude to all our police officers and their families House votes to extend flood insurance program MORE (La.) as the top GOP vote-counter.

"Like every House Republican, I was deeply disappointed by Tuesday’s election results and saddened that many of our dear friends will not be returning to Congress in January," McHenry said in a statement. "But now is the time to move forward."

Two of McHenry's potential challengers pledged their support after his announcement

GOP Reps. Blaine LuetkemeyerWilliam (Blaine) Blaine LuetkemeyerSenate bill seeks to bring freedom back to banking On The Money: Dems inch closer to demanding Trump's tax returns | Consumer chief pressed to undo Mulvaney's work | IRS says average tax refund up New push to open banks to marijuana industry MORE (Mo.) and Bill Huizenga (Mich.) had both said before the election they would run to be the top Financial Services Republican, but only if McHenry did not seek the position.

Luetkemeyer said in a Thursday statement that he offered "my unwavering support for Patrick’s candidacy to be the Ranking Republican on the Committee, and believe he is the right man for the job.”

Brian Patrick, a spokesman for Huizenga, said Thursday that “We are 100 percent supportive of Mr. McHenry running for Ranking Member.”

And Rep. Frank LucasFrank Dean LucasHillicon Valley: Doctors press tech to crack down on anti-vax content | Facebook, Instagram suffer widespread outages | Spotify hits Apple with antitrust complaint | FCC rejects calls to delay 5G auction Overnight Energy: Solar installations dropped in 2018 | UN report says rising Arctic temperatures 'locked in' | Fiat Chrysler to recall 850K vehicles House technology committee leaders ask to postpone 5G spectrum auction MORE (R-Okla.), who also considered a run to lead Financial Services Republicans, rolled out his bid for the top minority spot on the House Science Committee shortly after McHenry’s announcement.

McHenry is poised to serve as the Republican foil to Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Maxine Waters: Trump 'has done everything that one could even think of to be eligible for impeachment' Maxine Waters: Parts of Trump immigration plan are 'very racist' MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee who is poised to take the gavel.

Waters has pledged to investigate sales scandals at Wells Fargo and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE's financial connections to Deutsche Bank while also pursuing affordable housing and consumer protection bills.

McHenry warned that he will "fight back against any efforts by Democrats to use this committee to roll back our successes from the last two years or use the committee as the launch pad for endless, partisan investigations."

"The American people sent us here to get our work done," McHenry said. "I intend to do that and I hope our Democrat colleagues share that commitment."