ELIZABETHTOWN — After nine consecutive terms serving North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre will retire when his term ends at the end of the year.
That announcement was made Wednesday morning through a press release from his Washington, D.C., office.
“In eastern North Carolina, we have demonstrated that public service is a partnership between the people and the representative they entrust to speak on their behalf,” McIntyre said. “For us, this has been where the priorities of policy over politics, issues over ideology, dialogue over dollars, and cooperation over campaigning have prevailed.”
“This partnership has transcended politics and allowed us to accomplish monumental tasks, such as quadrupling the number of veterans’ clinics in our area, passing the tobacco buyout, expanding our military bases, establishing an economic commission to promote jobs and fight poverty—and ensuring that the North Carolina coast will continue to be an economic engine and environmental treasure,” he added. “We have helped thousands of constituents from all walks of life in ways that have significantly impacted their lives.
As a U.S. representative, McIntyre (D-Elizabethtown) earned numerous accolades and awards for his service.
He was named the National Legislator of the Year for veterans, agriculture and law enforcement; Coastal Advocate of the Year; and Seniors’ Advocate of the Year. He also received top honors among congressional members for his leadership in economic development, rural health care, youth sports, fitness, parks and recreation.
“None of this could have been accomplished without the strong commitment of my family, the hard work of my staff, and — especially — the willingness of people throughout our region to put partisanship aside and work together to get things done for the betterment of eastern North Carolina,” McIntyre said. “My family and I are ready for a new chapter and excited about new opportunities to continue helping North Carolina.”
Throughout his 18 years of public service in the U.S. House, McIntyre’s faith has been an integral part of his decision-making process. He has been the lone member of Congress to host an annual inspirational Youth Leadership Summit in his district, during which every high school has participated.
McIntyre was honored with the Distinguished Christian Statesman of the Year Award during his tenure.
“My prayer is that those in public service will always put the people they represent first and that God’s blessings will continue to be upon the great citizens of the Seventh Congressional District who live, work, worship, play, serve, and retire in eastern North Carolina,” McIntyre said.
In addition, McIntyre has taught thousands of students during his “Classroom from Congress on Citizenship” program.
“Indeed, I am grateful to all of the Democrats, Republicans, and Independents with whom we have successfully worked through nine elections over 18 years.