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Kevin McCarthy

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Bill Thomas

Member of the
California State Assembly
from the 32nd district
In office
2002 – 2006
Preceded by Roy Ashburn
Succeeded by Jean Fuller

In office
January 5, 2004 – April 17, 2006
Preceded by Dave Cox
Succeeded by George Plescia

Born January 26, 1965 (1965-01-26) (age 44)
Bakersfield, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Judy McCarthy
Children Connor McCarthy
Meghan McCarthy
Residence Bakersfield, California
Alma mater California State University, Bakersfield
Occupation small business owner, political assistant
Religion Baptist
Website Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy (born January 26, 1965) is a U.S. politician who is the Congressman for the 22nd District of California. Prior to his election as a Congressman, he had served two terms in the California State Assembly, including two years as the Republican Floor Leader.



Born in Bakersfield, California, McCarthy is a fourth-generation resident of Kern County. McCarthy opened his first business, Kevin O's Deli, at the age of 21 to raise money to go to California State University, Bakersfield, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in marketing in 1989 and Master of Business Administration in 1994. McCarthy ran several other small businesses prior to his entry into the political field.[1]

From 1999 to 2001 McCarthy served as Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation, one of the strongest political organizations in the country.[2]

From the late 1990s until 2002, McCarthy served as the District Director for U.S. Congressman Bill Thomas, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. In 2000, McCarthy was elected as a Trustee on the Kern Community College District Board, winning 13% more votes than his nearest competitor.[3]


California State Assembly

In 2002, McCarthy was elected to the State Assembly with 76% of the vote to represent the heavily-Republican 22nd District. In 2003, he was unanimously elected Republican Assembly Leader, effective January 2004, becoming the first freshman Assemblymember and the first Kern County legislator to hold the post. In November 2004, McCarthy was re-elected to the Assembly with 79% of the vote. In his role as party leader, McCarthy attempted to portray himself as a working for bipartisan reform. He made business policies, especially those affecting small propriatorships and partnerships, one of his primary issues. He also worked closely with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

US House of Representatives

On November 7, 2006, McCarthy was elected to represent the 22nd Congressional District, replacing his former boss, retiring congressman Thomas. Since entering Congress, he has been labeled a rising star within his party.[4] As a freshman, he was appointed to the Republican Steering Committee.

McCarthy and his wife Judy have two children. They are lifelong residents of Bakersfield.[5]

Committee Assignments

Congressman McCarthy at an oversight hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power.

Party Leadership

  • Chief Deputy Whip (2009 - __)
  • House Republican Steering Committee

In 2008, Republican Leader John Boehner asked McCarthy to serve as Chairman of the Republican Platform Committee, which he did during the committee's meetings in Minneapolis, MN in late August of 2008. Those committee meetings produced the Republican Party Platform for 2008.


External links

California Assembly
Preceded by
Roy Ashburn
California State Assemblyman
32nd District
Succeeded by
Jean Fuller
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Thomas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd congressional district

January 4, 2007–present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dave Cox
California State Assembly Republican Leader
January 5, 2004–April 17, 2006
Succeeded by
George Plescia
Preceded by
Eric Cantor
Chief Deputy Republican Whip
2009 – Present
Succeeded by


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