NAME: Patrick McHenry
OCCUPATION: Member of Congress, 10th District of North Carolina
HOMETOWN: Cherryville, NC

Patrick McHenry is serving his third term in the United States Congress where he represents North Carolina’s 10th District. He was elected to Congress in 2004, after serving in the North Carolina State Legislature. Congressman McHenry’s district comprises of ten counties in Western North Carolina, from the suburbs of Charlotte to the home of Nascar in Mooresville to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has been an advocate for veteran’s affairs, mortgage reform, energy and entrepreneurship, and the integrity of the Census among other issues. McHenry prides himself on having never voted for a tax increase in his entire career. You can learn more about Congressman McHenry at

What does “Conservatism” mean to you?
Respect for the time-honored traditions that made this country great. Individuals and entrepreneurs are the keys to American greatness, not government.

What is at the top of your ‘I tunes’ play list right now?
Jimmy Buffett

Name three interesting guests (living) you would like to host for dinner.
Billy Graham, Prince Charles, and Erin Burnett (of CNBC)

Who was your influence in conservatism?
The late, great Senator Jesse Helms

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Spending the holidays with my family. Or race day at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Nintendo Wii

What is the first website you visit every morning? ( excluded!)
Drudge Report, Wall Street Journal, Facebook

What is the last book you read, and do you recommend it?
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes. It should be required reading for anyone concerned about how we navigate our way out of this economic crisis.

What do you worry about?
Generations of American taxpayers swimming in red ink.

Name your hidden talent.
Random trivia

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Winning my under-funded campaign for Congress at age 29, beating two millionaires and a popular sheriff.