U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre to resign after this term


Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., talks to his chief of constituent services, Vivian Lipford, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 11. McIntyre has announced that he is retiring at the end of this term.

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Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 02:07 PM.

With 18 years in office and nine congressional terms under his belt, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre will have left a huge footprint on the 7th Congressional District when he retires at the end of his term. The Lumberton native’s legacy can be seen in added veterans’ clinics, growing military bases, new fire stations and police stations, town halls and workforce development centers, among other things.

“We’ve had a great 18 years,” McIntyre told the StarNews from his office in Washington, D.C. Wednesday about his decision to retire at the end of 2014. “Much has been accomplished and we’re very grateful for the opportunities we’ve had to work on issues and programs directly affecting people’s lives in North Carolina.”

His resignation also leaves a hole in Congress. He’s one of the remaining Blue Dog Democrats and handful of white Democratic Southerners still in the game.

“That old Southern Democratic contingent is just almost totally gone. McIntyre is one of the last of a dying breed,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

McIntyre commonly bucked his party, voting against Obamacare and for its repeal 40 different times, for instance. He also notably voted against repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military law for gay service members.

He was arguably the most conservative Democrat in the U.S. House — or one of them.

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