Kevin McCarthy

American politician

Kevin Owen McCarthy (born January 26, 1965) is an American politician. He is the House minority leader of the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. representative for California's 23rd District.[1]

Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy, official photo, 116th Congress.jpg
House Minority Leader
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
DeputySteve Scalise
Preceded byNancy Pelosi
House Majority Leader
In office
August 1, 2014 – January 3, 2019
LeaderJohn Boehner
Paul Ryan
Preceded byEric Cantor
Succeeded bySteny Hoyer
House Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 2011 – August 1, 2014
LeaderJohn Boehner
Preceded byJim Clyburn
Succeeded bySteve Scalise
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 23rd district
22nd (2007–2013)
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded byBill Thomas
House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
LeaderJohn Boehner
Preceded byEric Cantor
Succeeded byPeter Roskam
Minority Leader of the California State Assembly
In office
January 5, 2004 – April 17, 2006
Preceded byDave Cox
Succeeded byGeorge Plescia
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 32nd district
In office
December 2, 2002 – November 30, 2006
Preceded byRoy Ashburn
Succeeded byJean Fuller
Personal details
Kevin Owen McCarthy

(1965-01-26) January 26, 1965 (age 57)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Judy Wages (m. 1992)
EducationCalifornia State University, Bakersfield (BS, MBA)
WebsiteHouse website
Party website

Failed speaker campaignEdit

On September 25, 2015, John Boehner announced his intention to resign as speaker of the House effective October 30, 2015. Many media outlets speculated that McCarthy would likely replace him.[2][3] He was the presumptive successor to Speaker John Boehner.[4]

On September 28, McCarthy formally announced his candidacy for Speaker of the House. Having held congressional office for less than nine years, McCarthy would have been the least experienced Speaker since 1891.[5] On October 8, 2015, McCarthy dropped out of the race for Speaker of the House. [6]


  1. Ertelt, Steven (June 19, 2014). "Pro-Life Rep. Kevin McCarthy Elected Republican House Majority Leader Replacing Cantor". LifeNews. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  2. Russell Berman. "John Boehner to Resign as House Speaker - The Atlantic". The Atlantic.
  3. "California's Kevin McCarthy Could be New Speaker - Breitbart". Breitbart.
  4. McCarthy's comments about Benghazi should raise a red flag for Republicans, Washington Post, Chris Cillizza, September 30, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  5. Kevin McCarthy would be the least experienced House Speaker since 1891, Washington Post, Phillip Bump, September 28, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  6. Swanson, Ian (8 October 2015). "Shock! McCarthy drops Speaker bid". TheHill.

Other websitesEdit