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Kevin McCarthy (California)

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Kevin McCarthy
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U.S. House, California, District 23
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBill Thomas (R)
Leadership
Majority Whip, United States House of Representatives
2011-Present
Minority Floor Leader, California State Assembly
2006
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,861,590
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2003-2006
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Bakersfield
Master'sCalifornia State University, Bakersfield
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 26, 1965
Place of birthBakersfield, California
ProfessionBusinessman
Net worth$211,008
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kevin McCarthy (b. January 26, 1965) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 23rd congressional district. McCarthy was first elected to the House in 2006. He is the current House Majority Whip.[1]

McCarthy most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 23rd District. He defeated Terry Phillips (Ind) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2] He was displaced from the 22nd district by redistricting.[3]

McCarthy began his political career in the California State Assembly, serving from 2002 to 2007. He was Assembly Minority Leader from 2004 to 2006.

McCarthy filed a "Statement of Intention" with the secretary of state to run for Lieutenant Governor of California in the 2014 elections. [4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, McCarthy is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

McCarthy was born in Bakersfield, California. He earned a B.S. and an M.B.A. from California State University, Bakersfield, in 1989 and 1994, respectively.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of McCarthy's academic, professional and political career:[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McCarthy serves on the following committees:[7][8]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises

2011-2012

McCarthy served on the following committees:[9]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit[10]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

McCarthy's campaign website listed the following issues:[11]

  • Enhancing Competitiveness and Promoting Prosperity
Excerpt: "To produce a business-friendly environment to create jobs and allow American businesses to compete in a global marketplace, we must keep burdensome taxes low and reduce unnecessary and duplicative regulatory red tape."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "There are some in Congress that wish to increase taxes on American families and businesses, so that more money can be spent on Washington programs. We must fight against irresponsible indulgence; taking more from taxpayers does not create jobs or grow prosperity. We need to keep taxes low so our small businesses can invest and create new jobs and so American taxpayers can keep more of their hard-earned money."
  • Technology and Innovation
Excerpt: "Investing in new technology and math and science education directly feeds into our nation’s ability to continue to lead the world in productivity and economic growth. America’s history is filled with stories of scientific discoveries and technological innovations that have improved the quality of life and economic prosperity of our nation, and the world."
  • Securing Our Borders and Upholding the Rule of Law
Excerpt: "We are a society based on the rule of law. While we are a nation of immigrants, we cannot allow control of our borders to break down. Our security requires that we know who is in our country, and why they are here. We must secure our borders by strengthening border enforcement."
  • National Security
Excerpt: "Our nation faces enemies that threaten our safety and security. After September 11th, we are continuously reminded that the world today is a dangerous place. We must ensure that our military has the necessary resources and technology to protect our freedoms and prevail on the battlefield."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Kevin McCarthy (California) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [12]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" McCarthy voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[13]

Elections

2014

See also: California lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

McCarthy filed a "Statement of Intention" with the secretary of state to run for Lieutenant Governor of California in the 2014 elections. [14]

2012

See also: California's 23rd congressional district elections, 2012

McCarthy won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 23rd District.[2] He was displaced from the 22nd district by redistricting. He and Terry Phillips (Ind) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Eric Parker (R). McCarthy went on to defeat Phillips in the November 6, 2012, general election.[15][16]

U.S. House, California District 23 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin McCarthy Incumbent 73.2% 158,161
     Independent Terry Phillips 26.8% 57,842
Total Votes 216,003
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 23 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin McCarthy (R) Incumbent 72.2% 71,109
Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Phillips (NPP) 17.3% 17,018
Eric Parker (R) 10.6% 10,414
Total Votes 98,541

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCarthy is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, McCarthy raised a total of $8,861,590 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[20]

Kevin McCarthy (California)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 23) Won $4,578,118
2010 US House (California, District 22) Won $2,091,010
2008 US House (California, District 22) Won $1,040,018
2006 US House (California, District 22) Won $1,152,444
Grand Total Raised $8,861,590

2012

Breakdown of the source of McCarthy's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

McCarthy won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, McCarthy's campaign committee raised a total of $4,578,118 and spent $4,027,747.[21]

2010

Breakdown of the source of McCarthy's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

McCarthy won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, McCarthy's campaign committee raised a total of $2,091,010 and spent $1,693,571.[22]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 22, 2010 - Kevin McCarthy (California) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,091,010
Total Spent $1,693,571
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0 (Unopposed)
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0 (Unopposed)
Top contributors to Kevin McCarthy (California)'s campaign committee
Goldman Sachs$20,600
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$18,000
Cigna Corp$11,250
Humana Inc$11,138
Bank of America$11,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Insurance$154,838
Securities & Investment$142,650
Real Estate$131,925
Health Professionals$112,100
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$103,250

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCarthy is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[23]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, McCarthy missed 124 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McCarthy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $70,016 and $352,000. That averages to $211,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[25]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. McCarthy ranked 70th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[26]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. McCarthy ranked 25th in the conservative rankings.[27]

Voting with party

2013

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, McCarthy votes with the Republican Party 97.5% of the time. This ranked 97th among the 233 House Republicans in 2013.[28]

Personal

McCarthy and his wife, Judy, have two children.[29]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Majority Whip "Kevin McCarthy," accessed January 28, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  3. "The Buzz: Rep. Kevin McCarthy leads California delegation in cash dash", sacbee.com, April 22, 2011
  4. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  5. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "MCCARTHY, Kevin, (1965 - )"
  6. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Kevin McCarthy," Accessed June 13, 2013
  7. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  8. House Financial Services Committee, "Committee members," accessed January 21, 2013
  9. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  10. The Committee on Financial Services, Chairman Spencer Bachus "Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee"
  11. Campaign website, Issues
  12. Wall Street Journal, "A Top House Leader Backs Romney," March 26, 2012
  13. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  15. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  16. Unofficial election results
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Kevin McCarthy," Accessed March 22, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Kevin McCarthy 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Kevin McCarthy 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 6, 2011
  23. Gov Track "Kevin McCarthy," Accessed June 7 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Kevin McCarthy," Accessed April 2, 2013
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "McCarthy, (R-Cali), 2011"
  26. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 5, 2013
  29. Congressman & Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Representing California's 22nd District "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Thomas (California)
U.S. House of Representatives - California
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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California State Assembly
2003-2006
Succeeded by
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