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Kevin McCarthyREPRepublican United States Representative, CA-23
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Kevin Owen McCarthy (born January 26, 1965) is an American politician who is the 55th and current speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving since January 7, 2023. A member of the Republican Party, he served as House Minority Leader from 2019 to 2023 and as House Majority Leader from 2014 to 2019 under speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan. McCarthy is in his ninth House term, serving as the U.S. representative for California's 22nd congressional district from 2007 to 2013, the 23rd district from 2013 to 2023 and the 20th district since 2023. McCarthy was born in Bakersfield, California. He attended California State University, Bakersfield, while working as a firefighter. McCarthy formerly chaired the California Young Republicans and the Young Republican National Federation. He was a two-term representative in the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2006, the last two years as minority leader. He was elected to Congress in 2006. McCarthy was elected to House leadership in his second term as Republican Chief Deputy Whip from 2009 to 2011. When Republicans took control of the House in 2011, he became majority whip from 2011 until August 2014, when he was elected majority leader to replace the outgoing Eric Cantor, who was defeated in his primary election.After Republicans lost the majority in the 2018 midterm elections, and Speaker Paul Ryan retired, McCarthy was elected minority leader in January 2019, making him the first California Republican to hold the post.

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Campaign Funding

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Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
Securities & Investment$741,650
Real Estate$588,800
Oil & Gas$409,100
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$387,050
Crop Production & Basic Processing$355,625
Health Professionals$334,195
Lawyers/Law Firms$235,250
Commercial Banks$218,100
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Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education6 - 6 of 4
California State University, Bakersfield
Bachelor of Science
Bakersfield College
1984 - 1985
Bakersfield High School
California State University
Past Positions1 - 13 of 13
United States House of Representatives, California
2023 - Current
United States House of Representatives
2023 - Current
Minority Leader
United States House of Representatives
2019 - 2023
United States House of Representatives, California
2007 - 2023
Majority Leader
United States House of Representatives
2014 - 2019
Majority Whip
United States House of Representatives
2011 - 2014
Chief Deputy Whip
United States House of Representatives
2008 - 2011
Assembly Member
California State Assembly
2003 - 2006
Minority Floor Leader
California State Assembly
2004 - 2006
Former Assistant Whip
United States House of Representatives
District Director
Representative Bill Thomas, United States House of Representatives
1987 - 2002
Former Owner
Kevin O's Deli
1986 - 1987
Bakersfield Batting Range
Other Experience1 - 14 of 14
Kern Community College District
2000 - 2002
Young Republican National Federation, Incorporated
1999 - 2001
Board Member
First Book
Board Member
Kern Economic Opportunity Corporation
Board Member
Community Action Partnership of Kern
Board Member
Kern County Food Bank
Board Member
Head Start
Pledge to America Project
Republican Party Platform
Executive Director
McCarthy Foundation
Former Coach
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
House Republican Steering Committee
Rotary Club
Central Committee, Kern County Republican Party