The Republican Party member, Kevin Owen McCarthy, was born on January 26th, 1965. McCarthy served as House Majority Leader and U.S. representative for California’s 22nd congressional district. He is currently the House Minority Leader in the United States House of Representatives.
McCarthy also served as a representative in the California State Assembly till 2006, when he got elected in Congress.
McCarthy’s support for Trump
McCarthy actively supported the former US President, Donald Trump. He supported Trump almost throughout his tenure. McCarthy also supported Trump in his claim of a stolen 2020 presidential election.
McCarthy also formerly chaired the California young republicans and the young Republican National federation for a brief time.
In 2011, republicans took control of the house, and he became majority whip from 2011 until August of 2014. McCarthy had a stronghold on his career and presence in the US political system. He managed to hold the post even after republicans lost their majority in the 2018 midterm elections, and he was elected minority leader in January 2019. This made him the first California Republican to hold the post.
Early life and Education
McCarthy was born in Bakersfield, California, to Roberto Darlene, a homemaker, and Owen McCarthy, an assistant city fire chief.
His maternal grandfather was an Italian immigrant, and his paternal grandfather was Irish. McCarthy is the first Republican in his immediate family as his parents were members of the Democratic Party.
He attended California State University in Bakersfield, where he obtained a bachelor of science in marketing in 1989 and a master of business administration in 1994.
He also apparently had a long interest in politics and wanted to know about it more and more.
In his early political career, McCarthy served on the staff of Congressman Bill Thomas from 1987 to 2002. He chaired the California young republicans in 1995. From 1999 to 2001, he said the young Republican National federation. McCarthy won his first election in 2000 as a Kern Community College District trustee.
Kevin McCarthy’s Political Ideologies
Kevin McCarthy was a minority leader in the state assembly in 2003; he supported most abortion rights but opposed spending tax dollars on abortions.
His view changed in 2015 when he was quoted by the Washington Post, “a staunch anti-abortion rights advocate.”
McCarthy supports the Hyde Amendment, a provision that has been annually renewed by Congress since 1976 that bands federal funds for abortion.
He also co-sponsored a bill called the no taxpayer funding for abortion act in 2011 to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. This bill sparked extreme controversy because it provided an exemption for funding terminations of pregnancies caused by only “forcible rape.” This prompted abortion rights activists to call the bill a redefinition of rape.
McCarthy also opposes a California State law that requires health insurance plans. The law says “to treat abortion and maternity coverage neutrally and provide both.” He fights it on the grounds that the law violates the Weldon Amendment and other federal laws.
McCarthy has also voted to strip about five hundred million dollars in federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Planned parenthood federation of America is a non-profit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally.
It is a tax-exempt compilation under internal revenue code section 501(c)(3). In September 2020, McCarthy voted against house resolution 908 to condemn racism against Asian Americans related to the Covid -19 pandemic.
He said the resolution was a waste of time, and “at the heart of this resolution is the absurd notion that referring to the virus as a Wuhan virus or the China virus is the same as contributing to violence against Asian Americans.”
In the 2018 middle Elections, McCarthy said that the democrats should not investigate Trump. He described the investigations of Trump as a “small agenda” and that “America is too great of a nation to have such a small agenda.”
However, McCarthy and other House republicans investigated Hillary Clinton for years over the 2012 Benghazi attack.
The investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing on Clinton’s part, but McCarthy still said that it had hurt poll numbers. In the 2021 attack on the United States capital on January 6, McCarthy said that “as a nation, we all have some responsibility for the event.”
McCarthy had been among the Republicans who, in the weeks before the attack on the capital, had spread false claims about the validity of the presidential election.
This was also the only time McCarthy did not support Trump. He said that Trump “should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” McCarthy did not vote to impeach Trump for a second time, but instead, he called for a censure resolution against Trump for this reason.
In January of 2021, McCarthy said he did not think that Trump provoked the attack. Two days later, McCarthy said that Trump had some responsibility for the response and then also stressed his original claim that all Americans have “some responsibility.”
The general public and other republicans have long criticized McCarthy for the inconsistent statements about Trump that he made after the attack.
Kevin McCarthy’s net worth
In 2015, McCarthy was in debt and was worth a negative $2000. The following year in 2016, he made most of it and got rid of a $100,000 mortgage. In 2016, McCarthy’s net worth was $80,000.
McCarthy’s net worth to date is claimed to be $300 thousand.