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Kevin McCarthy


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-2002 Republican AD-32 78229 Win
11-02-2004 Republican AD-32 129510 Win
11-07-2006 Republican CD-22 133278 Win
11-04-2008 Republican CD-22 224549 Win
11-02-2010 Republican CD-22 173490 Win
11-06-2012 Republican CD-23 158161 Win
11-04-2014 Republican CD-23 100317 Win
11-08-2016 Republican CD-23 167116 Win
11-06-2018 Republican CD-23 131113 Win
11-03-2020 Republican CD-23 190222 Win
11-08-2022 Republican CD-20 153844 Win

Candidate Biography:

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
2023: Resigned from the United States House of Representatives on December 31

  • 2016 Trump Delegate
  • SPEAKERSHIP: 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.
  • SPEAKERSHIP: 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%.
  • SPEAKERSHIP: 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)