Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy

CALIFORNIA's 23rd DISTRICT

Government should be helping to solve our water problems, not imposing more bureaucracy and red tape

2014/10/21

Bakersfield Observed October 20, 2014 http://www.bakersfieldobserved.com/2014/10/house-majority-leader-rep-kevin_20.html    "This week I joined agricultural leaders and policymakers from across the state to discuss the future of our agricultural industry at the first annual Kern County Agricultural Summit hosted by Bakersfield College. The importance of Kern County agriculture to our community is highlighted by the $6.7 billion worth of products produced in 2013. And this significance extends beyond county lines as we greatly contribute to California’s overall production, which happens to be the top agriculture producing state in the U.S. with over 80,000 farms and ranches.  "The Summit came at a significant time for our community. For generations before us to the present, the rich Central Valley soil and long days of sun have established us as America’s food basket and have turned the ole shantytowns from the Grapes of Wrath into the community we all cherish today. But cultivating the land is hard work and the reliance on cooperation from Mother Nature is never certain. Our historic drought reminds us of that every day. But compounding the naturally occurring impacts are regulations from Sacramento and Washington to preserve the Delta smelt in lieu of water deliveries to our communities.   "There is no doubt that the issue of water is the top priority for our agriculture industry and our state. What we never expected however, nor should any community anticipate, is our government becoming so disconnected from the needs and realities of the communities they are supposed to serve.  "Our government should be focused on solving problems that exist within our communities and society; not piling onto challenges that are not proven to exist with more bureaucracy and regulations. In Washington, I am leading the House in a renewed approach to governing that focuses on results. This will be critical as we continue to forge a solution on a long-term California water bill. A result-oriented approach to a successful water bill will ensure water moves through the Delta, benefits State Water Project contractors, and creates more storage – including dams and groundwater banking. Absent these provisions, any California water bill will simply be business as usual. And that is unacceptable.  "The drought’s effects are a daily reminder of the damage harmful governmental policies can have on our community.  Through events like this week’s Agricultural Summit, it will be imperative that as a community we remain informed on the actions from Sacramento and Washington and involved in working to reverse them. In Washington, my work to this approach drives me every day. ### Read More

Even Yosemite Can’t Please the EPA

2014/10/14

"Time and again the EPA attempts to further its regulatory agenda and expand its power. It did so with its proposed rules on navigable waterways, and it is doing so again in its latest smog and ozone regulations that are so stringent even national parks might not be up to snuff.   "The latest regulations would reportedly lower the ground level ozone limit from 75 parts per billion to 60-70 parts per billion, which is at or approaching naturally occurring background ozone levels in the environment. That change will cost Americans an estimated $2.2 trillion in compliance alone, reduce GDP by an estimated $3.4 trillion, and potentially set our still struggling economy into another tailspin.   "California’s Central Valley will be hit particularly hard. The Central Valley continues to struggle to meet previous and current regulations at a great cost. Though many factors that contribute to the air quality in central California—like smog blown in from larger cities, weather conducive to ozone formation, and the topography of the Valley itself—can’t be controlled locally, we still get penalized.  The Central Valley has spent decades and hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up the air we breathe and we’ve been successful. Last year was the cleanest year on record.  The Valley is making progress to meeting the old rules, but we are now being told that that isn’t enough. After all the hard work, if this new standard is proposed it could put the Central Valley and most of the U.S. in a Catch-22 because its unfeasible to meet the standard and we get fined for not meeting it.   "The last time the EPA proposed a similar rule was in 2011 and the President shelved it, rightly acknowledging that the American people didn’t want to endure more unnecessary rules that are harmful to our economy. Despite the EPA’s continued and aggressive agenda of regulatory overreach, the President must do as he did in 2011 and shelve this proposal again."   ### Read More

Obama designates national monument in LA area

2014/10/14

Note: Local officials and some lawmakers faulted Obama for acting without support from Congress or the public, but Obama said officials heard from a lot of urban families who said this area constituted their only outdoor space and that their children didn't have parks. Officials also expressed concerns about potential use restrictions on the hundreds of thousands of acres that will be forever preserved. "Once again this administration is taking unilateral action without congressional or public input," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. "I strongly support multiple use of our national forests and other public lands, but this decision severely limits usage."   SAN DIMAS, CALIFORNIA — President Barack Obama on Friday spared from future development nearly 350,000 acres of land within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, a move that cheered environmentalists but sparked new criticism of Obama's willingness to use his executive authority.   Obama used his authority under the federal Antiquities Act to turn the area into a national monument. He cited President Abraham Lincoln's decision to preserve parts of the Yosemite Valley without ever having seen it as inspiration for steps he's taken in office to preserve more than 3 million acres of public lands.   "And I'm not finished," Obama said, making the announcement at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, where picturesque views of the San Gabriel Mountains under blue sky provided the backdrop. "We are looking at additional opportunities to preserve federal lands and waters, and I'll continue to do so, especially where communities are speaking up."   Supporters say Obama's move will provide recreational opportunities for millions of people, particularly minorities and children, who live in Los Angeles County. The county is one of the most disadvantaged areas in terms of access to open space, according to the White House.   "For Angelenos, the San Gabriels are like having Yellowstone next door," said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. "Now the 17 million people living in Greater Los Angeles can find wild beauty right in their backyards."   Local officials and some lawmakers faulted Obama for acting without support from Congress or the public, but Obama said officials heard from a lot of urban families who said this area constituted their only outdoor space and that their children didn't have parks.   Officials also expressed concerns about potential use restrictions on the hundreds of thousands of acres that will be forever preserved.   "Once again this administration is taking unilateral action without congressional or public input," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. "I strongly support multiple use of our national forests and other public lands, but this decision severely limits usage."   Since taking office, Obama has created or expanded 13 national monuments across the country, including Friday's action.   Just last month, he created the world's largest marine preserve by expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean.   ### Read More

House Majority Leader McCarthy: While the world focuses on the Ebola virus, the Central Valley continues to battle Valley Fever

2014/10/14

Bakersfield Observed October 12, 2014 http://www.bakersfieldobserved.com/2014/10/house-majority-leader-mccarthy-while.html    "The health of family and friends is so often at the top of our minds that we toast to good health at dinners, take daily vitamins to keep our immune systems strong, carry around small bottles of de-sanitizer in our bags and pockets, and console those who have fallen ill.  And as we are all aware, the front pages and nightly news programs over the past month continue to lead with the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. I share the concern of many about this disease making its way onto our shores.  Our public health officials are working diligently to ensure any cases that are found here at home are isolated immediately as well as preparing to control and ultimately defeat this horrible illness in the West African countries where it has stricken thousands.    "We also know that more must be done about indigenous diseases as well.  In the arid Central Valley, we have a disease called Valley Fever that is also a frequent topic in our local and regional news.    "For decades, so many of our neighbors were stricken with an illness that could not be identified or treated with any certainty that one would be fully healed. Much of the country outside of the Valley, including the medical community, was virtually unaware of it. This led to frustration and concern in our communities over the seemingly helpless fight. It left us with only the blind hope that a loved one wouldn’t contract the disease.    "It is my goal to change that.    "Our community symposium last year has focused much needed attention on Valley Fever, and our discussions have not stopped. Recently, I discussed our current effort with Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I remain in contact with CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins as we continue our work to raise awareness about the disease as well as develop our random clinical trials on Valley Fever treatments.    "Just this week, it was announced that Kat DeBurgh, who has been working with us to develop a continuing medical education program on Valley Fever, will be taking over at the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) as their Executive Director.  She has been instrumental in HOAC’s efforts to educate California doctors and public health officials on this disease. A Valley Fever CME raises awareness of this disease with medical providers, helping them make earlier diagnoses that can potentially reduce the length and severity of Valley Fever in patients. I look forward to continuing to work with Ms. DeBurgh on Valley Fever and other important public health issues in the Central Valley and California.    "While the fight against any unknown pathogen can be long, just a year after the Valley Fever symposium, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released positive news that a potential treatment drug for Valley Fever was going to be fast-tracked into clinical trials. In 2012, Congress passed what was called the GAIN Act, which helps provide support for treatments for fungal and bacterial diseases. The news of a potential treatment, nikkomycin Z, entering the critical clinical stages through the GAIN Act highlights the strides our community has made in fighting Valley Fever.    "More progress must be made and we continue to collect real data on this potential treatment. But progress alone towards curing a disease that was largely off the radar of health officials no more than four years ago gives us reason to be optimistic that our neighbors who are suffering from the disease could soon find relief and that future generations will not have to resort to hope alone in the fight against Valley Fever.    "Enough cannot be said of the hard work of the people in our community, from Dr. Claudia Jonah, the Einstein family, the Larwoods, Dr. Royce Johnson, and countless others, who make the time and commitment to continuing the fight against a disease that has affected too many of our loved ones.   ### Read More

FDA action may speed up valley fever drug development

2014/10/06

A promising anti-valley fever drug could move into clinical trials more quickly after federal officials declared it a "qualifying infectious disease product," officials announced Friday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the designation to nikkomycin Z (NikZ) under the 2012 GAIN Act, which Congress approved to incentivize new treatments for serious and orphan bacterial and fungal diseases, according to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield. "To see this potential cure moving forward shows how far we have come from working to raise awareness of valley fever to making strides to achieving our goal of erasing this disease from our communities," McCarthy said in a news release. As chairman of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, McCarthy and the co-chairman, Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., requested the FDA action. NikZ is a promising fungicide that if gets through clinical trials and is FDA-approved, would be the first medicine specifically formulated to treat and potentially cure valley fever. The medications valley fever patients take today were developed to treat other illnesses. Valley fever is an infection of the fungus Coccidioides. The fungus is common in the soil of the western and southwestern United States, including the San Joaquin Valley. Digging and strong wind sometimes sends spores airborne, where they can lodge in the lungs and cause serious illness, including about 200 deaths a year nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The National Institutes of Health has funded a grant for clinical trials that researchers hope to start in late 2015, said David Larwood, president and CEO of Valley Fever Solutions in Tucson. But researchers still need patients, FDA approval and drug supply. And drug supply requires investors, who want assurances they'll make money back on the manufacturing of the drug. That's where designations like the one announced Friday help. NikZ has been deemed an orphan drug, which will give the drug manufacturer an extra seven years of marketing exclusivity. The designation announced Friday tacks another five years onto that period of exclusivity, Larwood said. "Somebody has to bite," he said. "The bait just got bigger." ### Read More

Valley Fever Drug Treatment Receives Fast-Track Designation by the FDA Under GAIN Act

2014/10/04

Bakersfield, CA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the potential curative anti-Valley Fever drug  nikkomycin Z (NikZ) as a “qualifying infectious disease product”  (QIDP) under the GAIN Act, which will help move it into clinical trials and eventually help patients. The QIDP designation is a provision of the GAIN Act, approved by Congress in 2012 to help provide incentives to produce new treatments for serious and orphan bacterial and fungal diseases. Chairman of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Co-Chairman, Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06) successfully requested that Coccidioides species known to cause what is commonly referred to as Valley Fever be added to the list of Qualifying Pathogens under the GAIN Act.   Congressional Valley Fever Task Force Chair Congressman McCarthy issued this statement: “This is another important step forward in our fight against Valley Fever and I applaud the ongoing work of Dr. Galgiani and his team. He and David Larwood spoke of the potential of NikZ last September at our Valley Fever Symposium.  To see this potential cure moving forward shows how far we have come from working to raise awareness of Valley Fever to making strides to achieving our goal of erasing this disease from our communities.  I look forward to continue our work in collaboration with the FDA, CDC and NIH to combat this disease.” Congressional Valley Fever Task Force Co-Chair Congressman David Schweikert issued this statement: “The continued development of the anti-Valley Fever drug Nikkomycin Z (NikZ) is a huge win. It will help all those who struggle with this disease and those fighting against it in the medical community on a daily basis.  I congratulate Dr. John Galgiani and his team at the University of Arizona on their relentless efforts to find a cure. I look forward to continued collaboration with the Valley Fever Task Force and organizations working to find ways to raise awareness of and ultimately beat this disease.” David Larwood, President and CEO of Valley Fever Solutions, Inc. issued this statement: "Bakersfield and Kern County have been leaders for decades in supporting efforts to treat and prevent Valley Fever. This QIDP designation builds on important contributions by the CSU Bakersfield Foundation in preserving the Nikkomycin-Z from Shaman Pharmaceuticals for transfer to the University of Arizona. As a Native Son of Kern County, I am proud to build on efforts in our community, and we thank the community for their continuing support."   Background: In March 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report detailing a significant increase in Valley Fever incidences between 1998 and 2011 and that calls for additional research into Valley Fever prevention and treatment.  On July 31, 2013, Congressional Valley Fever Task Force Chairman Kevin McCarthy, Co-Chairman David Schweikert, and Task Force members Reps. Ron Barber, Ken Calvert, Michael Conaway, Paul Cook, Jim Costa, Doug LaMalfa, Buck McKeon, David Valadao, and Juan Vargas sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesting that the fungal pathogens that cause coccidioidomycosis, commonly referred to as Valley Fever, be included on the list of Qualifying Pathogens that FDA was developing as required by Public Law 112-144.  In June 2014, the FDA added the underlying fungi species responsible for Valley Fever to the list of qualifying pathogens. By including Coccidioides on this list, FDA will give priority and expedited review to Valley Fever treatment and vaccine drug applications, as well as extend for 5 years the marketing exclusivity period for these products. These incentives will help promote the development of drugs to prevent or cure Valley Fever, which is prevalent across the American Southwest. Dr. John Galgiani, MD, Director of the University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence and David Larwood, President and CEO of Valley Fever Solutions, Inc. both spoke on the potential of NikZ at the Valley Fever Symposium held in Bakersfield, September 23-24, 2013.     ### Read More

A Visit With Our Future Leaders

2014/09/30

Annapolis, MD - Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy traveled to the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland where he visited with eleven midshipmen all of whom the Congressman nominated for attendance. Prior to joining the entire USNA Brigade for lunch in the dining hall, Congressman McCarthy met with USNA Superintendent, Vice Admiral Ted Carter to discuss the important role service academies play in shaping our nation’s future leaders. Admiral Carter and Leader McCarthy discussed the future of the U.S. Navy, and the contributions the Academy is making in preparing these future officers for challenges facing our national security. On a lighter note, the Admiral previewed the outlook of the storied football program for the remainder of the year to Congressman McCarthy.   Congressman McCarthy released the following statement after his visit:   “It was with great pride to visit so many future leaders from our community at the United States Naval Academy. It is a true honor and serious responsibility as a Member of Congress to nominate our students to attend our service academies. America is a nation that must always lead in an increasingly dangerous world, and the students at our service academies will be integral in defending our nation. It is comforting to know that so many of our neighbors will serve in these efforts. I look forward to helping future classes of our emerging leaders follow their dream to some of our nation’s finest institutions.”     ### Read More

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: On how an early lunch at Luigi's reflects the can-do spirit of Bakersfield and the great Central Valley of California

2014/09/27

Bakersfield Observed September 27, 2014 http://www.bakersfieldobserved.com/2014/09/house-majority-leader-kevin-mccarthy-on.html Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield and House Majority Leader, gives us his weekly view from Capitol Hill. In his words:  "Several weeks ago a few East Coast journalists visited Bakersfield to report on a city and region that is unique to a state widely known for its relaxed lifestyle over gritty word ethic. Upon hearing of their trip, I immediately made a reservation at Luigi’s for Saturday morning to show them some true local flavor. That weekend when we pulled up and met the group outside they were sweating from a long walk in the hot sun. 'We had to park three blocks away!' I recall them saying. When we entered, the dining room was bustling with staff carrying plates of pasta and steak and patrons cramming into the long center tables to accommodate their expansive parties. For the out-of-towners, this more resembled a 1 p.m. restaurant scene than 11:15 am.  "I tell this story because this disparity was brought up during our meal. Why, our visitors thought, were we (and seemingly everyone else in town) eating steak before noon? I said it was simple; our community has been up working since sunrise. That is how it’s been for generations.   "It is this can-do attitude that yields more than just large appetites. Since our ancestors settled in the Central Valley long ago, we have become the nation’s food basket and major supplier of energy - powering communities across the country. We have developed into a community of explorers, pushing the limits of space travel and aerospace capabilities ever since the sound barrier was broken in the Mojave Desert in 1947. One needs to look no further than our community as an example of American exceptionalism.   "But achieving such positive influence in our society has not been without its challenges. The current drought is historic and is creating immense hardship on our communities. Oil wells that have operated safely for years and have employed our neighbors are now in question by regulators. But it is in the face of this adversity when we are at our best.   "New technologies have opened up diverse energy sources to power our state while they have also led to more efficient and productive conventional energy development than ever before. And our farms have adopted water conservation practices that use only what is needed while still producing the majority of nuts, fruits, and vegetables that are consumed throughout the country.   "While we respond to challenges the way we always have - through resilience - the Federal and state government are poised to implement more regulations that erase our gains and present near impossible barriers to overcome. In today’s growing governmental bureaucracy, the limits of these rules and regulations are getting wider and more ambiguous than ever were intended when originally passed by Congress.   "In Washington, the House of Representatives has passed numerous bills that limit the expansion of regulations that will especially hurt communities like ours, and instead returns responsibility to states and communities. A desk in Washington doesn’t know what is best for our community. Only our community knows what is best and that is why I will continue to fight for these common sense solutions that have proven results.   "With the spirit of our community coupled with policies that don’t put fish above people, don't force unattainable regulations on small businesses, and don't force the shutdown of oil wells over unfounded science, Bakersfield is poised for continued times of prosperity. If there is any question, just go to lunch around 11 am."   ### Read More

We applaud decison on elderberry beetle

2014/09/26

  While the City of Porterville is not ready to stop watering its elderberry mitigation project along Highway 190 east of town any time soon, the news that Tulare County has been removed as a habitat area for the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle is certainly welcome news.   The beetle is include on the federal list of threatened species and because the beetle thrives on the elderberry bush, it too is protected. For about a decade the city has had to maintain a project where it plants elderberry bushes for every bush removed. City manager John Lollis said the city has spent a million dollars on the project and that figure does not take into account the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by private developers who had to come up with their own mitigation plans.   Last week, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife made two announcements. The first is that it was removing the counties of Tulare, Kern and Fresno as habitat areas for the beetle and second, that it was suspending its efforts to delist the bug from the threatened list. The action to remove the counties from the habitat range was the direct result of efforts by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) who became concerned with the impact the bug and the bush by the same name were having on both the city and developments in Porterville.   The beetle was added to the threatened list in 1980, but in 2006 a review of that list recommended delisting the beetle. In 2010, a petition was filed to remove any beetle-critical habitat designations.   In its announcement last week, the Fish and Wildlife service did not explain why it was dropping efforts to delist the beetle, but we would encourage the effort to continue. The beetle and bush have been a thorn in the side of progress for far too long and the city’s mitigation project is a waste of taxpayers’ money. The bush can be found almost anywhere along the river and most of those bushes are doing far better than those the city is paying to keep alive.     ### Read More

County no longer in elderberry beetle habitat range

2014/09/22

No one is ready to stop watering the score of elderberry bushes the city has planted at its elderberry mitigation site, but on Tuesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that Tulare, Kern and Kings counties are no longer in the habitat range of the Valley Longhorn Elderberry Beetle. The beetle is a threatened species and because of that the city has had to take mitigating measures any time an elderberry bush is destroyed. City manager John Lollis said the city has spent more than a million dollars over the last decade on its mitigation project off of Highway 190 east of town. U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy said the action by the federal agency means an end to the measures cities have had to take, but Lollis said he is not ready to pull the plug on the mitigation project or any other actions the city has taken regarding the bush and the beetle. “Today’s decision provides needed relief to our local communities that have been forced to expend precious resources to protect a species that is not even located in our region. With the removal of Elderberry Beetle regulatory mandates from our local area, our communities can continue to focus on creating jobs rather than endure unnecessary and onerous environmental regulations,” said McCarthy, the majority leader in the House of Representatives. While the three counties were removed from the habitat, the FWS said it was withdrawing its proposal to delist the elderberry beetle as a threatened species. “It is unfortunate that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has withdrawn its own proposal to delist the Valley Longhorn Elderberry Beetle as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act,” commented McCarthy. “I strongly encourage the Fish and Wildlife Service not to withdraw this proposal and to reopen the public comment period so that constituents from other areas affected can provide the most up-to-date facts that show this species has recovered.” The bush and the beetle that thrives on it has been a roadblock to countless projects over the years. The city had to do a study on how it will mitigate any loss of elderberry bushes with its project to widen the Jaye Street bridge. Lollis said the city has agreed to plant 60 new bushes, at a cost of $5,000 a bush. He said he has been in contact with McCarthy’s office and is hopeful some guidelines will be forthcoming from the Fish and Wildlife Service. “I think it’s going to take some time to work with Fish and Wildlife,” he said, adding, “I’m not ready to torch the preserve.” He did say it appears the news for any projects proposed from now moving forward, but is skeptical it will have any impact on existing projects, such as the Jaye Street bridge. The Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle was listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1980. In 2006, a five-year species review recommended delisting the beetle and in 2010 a petition was field to remove any beetle critical habitat designations. The effort to delist the beetle continued until this latest announcement. On June 10 of this year McCarthy, California State Senator Jean Fuller and California Assemblywoman Connie Conway sent a letter to FWS Director Daniel Ashe calling on the Service to act on its own recommendation by finalizing its proposal to delist the Elderberry Beetle as a threatened species. Also, McCarthy secured language in the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Appropriations Act (H.R. 5171) that would prevent FWS from withdrawing its proposal to delist the Elderberry Beetle and encourages them to delist this species. The legislation is pending. Just last month the city agreed to a $108,000 three-year contract for Sequoia Riverlands Trust to manage the 7-acre mitigation site. The beetle is a medium-sized, red and dark green insect that is one-half to one-inch long with arching long antennae. It is found only in the Central Valley and depends solely on elderberry shrubs (Sambucus) for food and shelter. Read More

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Congressman Kevin McCarthy represents the 23rd District of California, which spans Kern, Tulare, and Los Angeles counties. First elected in 2006, Kevin is a native of Bakersfield and a fourth-generation Kern County resident. He is committed to policies that give small businesses and entrepreneurs the confidence they need to hire, expand, invest and innovate. After the 2010 midterm elections, Kevin was elected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives.

Kevin started his own small business before the age of 21. He built Kevin O’s Deli from the ground up, even enlisting his father’s help in building the deli’s counter in their garage. He worked hard, hired employees and enjoyed success in his community. That’s also where he first encountered government overregulation. The countless frivolous and redundant rules, as well as the taxes small businesses like his were burdened with, spurred Kevin’s interest in public service. When Kevin sold his business, he used the profits to put himself through college and graduate school. He received both his undergraduate degree and his Masters in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield.

During college, Kevin accepted an internship with then-Congressman Bill Thomas, and soon became a member of Congressman Thomas’s staff. Kevin won his first election in 2000 as Trustee to the Kern Community College District. In 2002, McCarthy was elected to represent the 32nd Assembly District in the California State Assembly. As a freshman legislator, he was selected unanimously by his Republican colleagues to serve as the Assembly Republican Leader, becoming the first freshman legislator and the first legislator from Kern County to assume the top Republican post in the California State Assembly. Kevin worked with his colleagues in the Assembly and Senate and with the Governor to reduce California’s budget deficit, overhaul the state worker’s compensation system and enhance California’s business climate to create more opportunities for California workers and businesses until he ran for Congress in 2006.

Kevin brings his personal experience as a small business owner and as an effective leader in the statehouse to Washington D.C. In his role as Majority Whip, Kevin leads the effort in Congress to advance common sense policies that will put America back on the path to prosperity. Since gaining control of the House in November 2010, Kevin and his Republican colleagues have blocked the largest tax increase in American history, cut out-of-control government spending by historic levels and passed numerous pieces of legislation that will help create jobs in America. These bills reduce the burden on small businesses, increase our nation’s energy security by promoting domestic energy production, knock down barriers for small business owners to access capital and help increase certainty for the private sector.

Kevin will continue to fight to get Washington’s fiscal house in order while promoting policies that empower the private sector to invest and create jobs.

When Kevin is not in Washington fighting for the constituents of California’s 23rd District and for the future of America, he is home in Bakersfield with his wife Judy and two children Connor and Meghan.


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