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    Kevin McCarthy

    American politician, 55th speaker of the United States House of Representatives
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  2. Kevin McCarthy is an American politician who served as the 55th speaker of the United States House of Representatives from January to October 2023. A member of the Republican Party, he represents California's 20th congressional district and was the leader of the House Republican Conference and House Minority Leader. He supported Donald Trump's claims of voter fraud and was removed from his position after a standoff with the Biden administration.

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    Kevin McCarthy (born January 26, 1965, Bakersfield, California, U.S.) American Republican politician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who became speaker of the House in January 2023 but was ousted in historic fashion later that year, on October 3.

    McCarthy is the youngest of three children of a homemaker mother and an assistant fire chief father. He grew up in the middle-class College Heights neighbourhood of Bakersfield, a large city in south-central California dominated by agriculture and oil production. McCarthy’s family has lived in Kern county (in which Bakersfield is located) for four generations.

    Following graduation from high school, McCarthy briefly attended community college. At the same time, he earned money by refurbishing automobiles acquired at auctions in Los Angeles and then selling them. In October 1984, at age 20, he bought a lottery ticket that proved to be a $5,000 winner. The episode is at the centre of McCarthy’s oft-told origin story as a politician, in which he recounts how that fortuitous moment started him on the road to entrepreneurship. Having invested his winnings in the stock market, McCarthy used his profits to purchase a small business, Kevin O’s Deli, which was located in a yogurt shop in Bakersfield owned by his aunt and uncle (McCarthy withdrew from school in the process). McCarthy has used this anecdote to herald his experience as a small business owner and to deride excessive government regulation.

    As a boy, McCarthy suffered from a speech impediment and worked with a therapist, a history that has been cited as the cause for his occasional awkwardness as a public speaker. Not a stellar student, he played tight end on the Bakersfield High School football team. Although not a standout on the squad, he was inducted into the school’s athletic hal...

    After serving as the chair of the California Young Republicans in the 1990s, McCarthy chaired the Young Republican National Federation (1999–2001). His first elected office was as a member of the Kern County Community College District Board of Trustees in 2000. Within three years, not only had he been elected to the California Assembly (2002) but also, at age 38, he had become its Republican minority leader, likely because of a combination of Thomas’s influence and McCarthy’s impressive fundraising skills.

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    In 2006, upon Thomas’s retirement, McCarthy was elected to his mentor’s safe Republican seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. McCarthy’s rise to prominence came quickly in Washington too. Although his command of the details of policy and his commitment to any particular ideology have been questioned throughout McCarthy’s political career, few observers have ever doubted his emotional intelligence. Arguably, relationship building is McCarthy’s greatest skill, as demonstrated by his work to become exceedingly familiar with his colleagues’ personalities, histories, preferences, and idiosyncrasies—knowledge gained partly through his exhaustive study of the detailed profiles of legislators in The Almanac of American Politics.

    McCarthy was reelected to the House in 2008, continuing a chain of consecutive victories that would stretch to 2020. In 2009 he became the House Republicans’ chief deputy whip, assisting party whip Eric Cantor. (Whips makes sure that all of a party’s legislators vote the same way on specific legislation.) When Cantor became the majority leader after the Republicans took control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, McCarthy took on the role of majority whip. He also joined Cantor and future House leader Paul Ryan as a coauthor of Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders (2010). In 2014 McCarthy again replaced Cantor, this time as majority leader, after Cantor lost his seat in a primary challenge. McCarthy’s long-held ambition to become speaker of the House seemed about to be fulfilled when John Boehner was effectively forced to resign in 2015. However, his candidacy was undermined by a combination of the rumour of his marital infidelity (denied by McCarthy), the belief of some on the party’s right wing that he was not conservative enough, and an untimely major gaffe by McCarthy: in boasting that the House’s Republican-led investigation of the 2012 Benghazi incident had undermined the popularity of former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, McCarthy violated the unspoken rule that the motivation for the committee’s investigation not be acknowledged. McCarthy withdrew his candidacy; Ryan became the speaker.

    Whereas Ryan had an uneasy relationship with Donald Trump, McCarthy quickly developed a rapport with the new Republican president. Moreover, McCarthy came to Trump’s defense on the matters of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the president’s phone call with Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to Trump’s first impeachment. After Ryan chose not to run for reelection in 2018 and the House swung back to Democratic control, the Republican caucus chose McCarthy as minority leader.

  4. Oct 4, 2023 · On Oct. 3, the Republican-led House ousted Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from the speakership, in a charge led by a minority of his own caucus. (Video: Michael Cadenhead/The Washington Post)...

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