Kevin Owen McCarthy
Born: January 26, 1965 in Bakersfield, CA
Married: Judy (m. 1992)
Children: Connor and Meghan
1988-1989: Assembly Fellow, Assemblyman Tom Bates
2000-2002: District Director, Congressman Bill Thomas
2000-2002: Trustee, Kern Community College District Board
2004-2006: Minority Leader, California State Assembly
2008: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2011-2014: Republican Whip, US House of Representatives
2012: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2014-2018: Majority Leader, US House of Representatives
2015: Early Candidate for Speaker of the House of Representatives (Withdrew)
2016: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2019-2023: Minority Leader, US House of Representatives
2023: Speaker, US House of Representatives
- 2016 Trump Delegate
- Before being elected to Congress, McCarthy had filed to run for Lieutenant Governor in 2010.
- On September 25, 2015, Speaker John Boehner announced that he would resign from Congress at the end of October 2015. Majority Leader McCarthy was expected to be a candidate for Speaker. On the morning of October 8, 2015, at a a caucus meeting (at which he was expected to be elected the Republican nominee for House Speaker), McCarthy withdrew from the race, explaining "Over the last week it has become clear to me that our Conference is deeply divided and needs to unite behind one leader... I have always put this Conference ahead of myself. Therefore I am withdrawing my candidacy for Speaker of the House." Paul Ryan was elected Speaker, assuming that office on October 29th.
- Following the 2022 election (in which the Republicans won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives), Minority Leader McCarthy was nominated by the House Republicans as their nominee for Speaker on November 15th by a vote of 188 to 31. Between January 3rd and 7th, thirteen ballots (rounds of voting) were held for Speaker, with McCarthy receiving between 46.3% and 50.0% before McCarthy was elected in the 14th ballot, having received 50.47%.
- On October 2, 2023, Rep. Matt Gaetz filed HR757 to "vacate the chair" which, when passed on October 3rd, ended McCarthy's speakership and made him the only speaker to be removed in a vote on a motion to vacate. McCarthy had served 270 days as Speaker, the third-shortest for a Speaker of the House in United States history.
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2003-04)