U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton will be aboard Air Force One as President Barack Obama travels to Raleigh today for an announcement at N.C. State University.
McIntyre, the longtime Democratic congressman who recently announced he would retire from the House at the end of the year, accepted the White House’s invitation to travel with the president, his office said in a news release. McIntyre has shied away from public appearances with the president in the past, as that wouldn’t sit well with some voters in the conservative 7th Congressional District.
The president is announcing that N.C. State will be home to a $140 million consortium of companies and universities that will develop the next generation of energy-efficient electronic chips and devices.
“Jobs and the economy have always been an overriding concern for our state and our country,” McIntyre said in the release. “I am excited that North Carolina will once again be at the forefront with this initiative to produce and sustain jobs well into the future.”