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Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy
House Maj. Leader Kevin McCarthy official photo.jpg
U.S. Representative from California's 23rd Congressional District
From: January 3, 2013 – present
Predecessor Lois Capps
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from California's 22nd Congressional District
From: January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
Predecessor Bill Thomas
Successor Devin Nunes
Former Member of the California State Assembly from the 32nd District
From: December 2, 2002 – November 30, 2006
Predecessor Roy Ashburn
Successor Jean Fuller
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Judy Wages
Religion Baptist[1]

Kevin Owen McCarthy (born January 26, 1965, age 57) is the United States Representative for California's 23rd congressional district. A Republican, he was from 2014 to 2019 the House Majority Leader, elected by his colleagues to succeed Eric Cantor of Virginia, who resigned from the House after his primary defeat by conservative Dave Brat. From 2007 to 2013, McCarthy represented the 22nd district of California. Prior to that time, he served in the California State Assembly.

After Rep. Louie Gohmert tested positive for the coronavirus, McCarthy accidentally referred to the former as “Congressman COVID”.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives

In July 2020, McCarthy joined 71 House Republicans and all Democrats in voting to remove Civil War-era statues.[3]

Opposition to Steve King

After the strongly conservative, anti-establishment representative Steve King made a blunt comment that was exaggerated by the media to promote the narrative of him being a “racist”, McCarthy and other House Republicans quickly stripped King of his committee assignments.[4] In mid-May 2020, McCarthy stubbornly continued to vow that King “cannot be exonerated” over the mere comment that was made.[5]


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