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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 McHenryLawmakers highlight need for financial literacy to improve credit The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief 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.”

{mosads}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 HensarlingLawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank House passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell Has Congress lost the ability or the will to pass a unanimous bipartisan small business bill? 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 RyanBiden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Revising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices MORE (R-Wis.), likely replacing Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseBoycott sham impeachment The Memo: Biden gambles that he can do it all Biden under pressure to deliver more COVID-19 shots 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 LuetkemeyerLawmakers say bipartisan legislation key to economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Biden seeks vaccine for all by summer; Trump censure? On The Money: GOP digs in on defending Trump tax cuts | Democrats bullish on raising minimum wage | Financial sector braces for Biden's consumer bureau pick 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 LucasREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA revises lead rule, sidestepping calls for more stringent standards | In massive energy investments, some see just a start OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA revises lead rule, sidestepping calls for more stringent standards | In massive energy investments, some see just a start 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 WatersMarjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats Bottom line Capitol Police report warned that Congress could be targeted three days before riot 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 TrumpFBI says California extremist may have targeted Newsom House Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial back political content on platform 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."