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Kevin McCarthy
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House Minority Leader
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Deputy Steve Scalise
Preceded by Nancy Pelosi
House Majority Leader
In office
August 1, 2014 – January 3, 2019
Leader John Boehner
Paul Ryan
Preceded by Eric Cantor
Succeeded by Steny Hoyer
House Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 2011 – August 1, 2014
Leader John Boehner
Preceded by Jim Clyburn
Succeeded by Steve Scalise
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 23rd district
22nd (2007–2013)
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Bill Thomas
House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Leader John Boehner
Preceded by Eric Cantor
Succeeded by Peter Roskam
Minority Leader of the California State Assembly
In office
January 5, 2004 – April 17, 2006
Preceded by Dave Cox
Succeeded by George Plescia
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 32nd district
In office
December 2, 2002 – November 30, 2006
Preceded by Roy Ashburn
Succeeded by Jean Fuller
Personal details
Born
Kevin Owen McCarthy

January 26, 1965 (1965-01-26) (age 55)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Judy Wages (m. 1992)
Children 2
Education California State University, Bakersfield (BS, MBA)

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.

Failed speaker campaign

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. He was the presumptive successor to Speaker John Boehner.

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. On October 8, 2015, McCarthy dropped out of the race for Speaker of the House.

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