Profile Photo
Kevin McCarthyREPRepublican United States Representative, CA-23
58
Years of Age
19
Years of Experience
CAResidence (state)

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.

Voterly's Issue Scores  (1 - 30 of 30)

Below lists the position this politician has taken on a political issue. The star rating represents the politician's prioritization and action on the issue based on data collected by relevant interest groups. Select an issue to view a more in-depth explanation of each rating.

Special Interest Group Ratings

Interest Groups That SUPPORT
Rating
Interest Groups That OPPOSE
Rating
Average Score

Disclaimer: A special interest group's positions on issues are gathered from various reputable sources including the organization's website, social media accounts, press releases, and other public communications. Special interest group politician ratings are provided by VoteSmart.org. Positions and ratings are subject to change and we may experience delays, interruptions, or errors, as a result. If you believe this information is inaccurate, please submit a problem report. Submit Report.

0 / 30

Campaign Funding

20
18
$7,986,409
Total Raised
$8,217,156
Total Spent
$1,287,072
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Securities & Investment$741,650
79%
Real Estate$588,800
55%
Oil & Gas$409,100
54%
Insurance$403,700
52%
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$387,050
47%
Crop Production & Basic Processing$355,625
45%
Health Professionals$334,195
43%
Lobbyists$323,325
31%
Lawyers/Law Firms$235,250
29%
Commercial Banks$218,100
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education6 - 6 of 4
California State University, Bakersfield
Bachelor of Science
1994
Bakersfield College
1984 - 1985
Bakersfield High School
California State University
Past Positions1 - 13 of 13
Representative
United States House of Representatives, California
2023 - Current
Speaker
United States House of Representatives
2023 - Current
Minority Leader
United States House of Representatives
2019 - 2023
Representative
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
Owner
Bakersfield Batting Range
Other Experience1 - 14 of 14
Trustee
Kern Community College District
2000 - 2002
Chair
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
Chair
Pledge to America Project
Chair
Republican Party Platform
Executive Director
McCarthy Foundation
Former Coach
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
Member
House Republican Steering Committee
Member
Rotary Club
Member
Central Committee, Kern County Republican Party