Carolyn McCarthy

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U.S. Representative

Carolyn McCarthy (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Financial Services
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for NY-04

Confirmed: Fran Becker Jr, Carolyn McCarthy
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for NY-04)
On the Web
Official website

Carolyn McCarthy is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing New York's Fourth Congressional District since 1997. The district is located in central Long Island and includes Hempstead, Uniondale and Valley Stream.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 90 - 18/20 95 - 19/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 58 - 11/20 not avail.

Iraq War

McCarthy voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support for gun control

McCarthy sponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on March 15, 2005. She reintroduced the bill (H.R. 1022) on February 13, 2007.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

The NICS Improvement Act of 2007

The NICS Improvement Act of 2007 (H.R.297) is a gun control measure which was introduced in the House on January 5, 2007 by Rep. McCarthy with co-sponsor John Dingell (D-Mich.). It would amend the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 to require the head of each federal agency that has records relating to persons for whom receipt of a firearm would violate federal or state law to provide that information to the Attorney General for inclusion into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In addition, it would require the agency, upon being made aware that the basis under which a record was made available no longer applies, to correct the record and notify the Attorney General and the the Secretary of Homeland Security. It would also have to make available to the Attorney General records relevant to a determination that a person is disqualified from possessing or receiving a firearm and information about a change in such person's status for removal from NICS, where appropriate.[3]

The bill would also direct the Attorney General to make grants to states and Indian tribal governments to[4]:

  • Establish or upgrade information and identification technologies for firearms eligibility determinations
  • Improve the automation and transmittal to federal and state record repositories of criminal history dispositions, records relevant to determining whether a person has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, court orders, and mental health adjudications or commitments.[5]

The bill would require the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics to study and evaluate NICS operations and to report annually to Congress and to specified states regarding best practices; and the Comptroller General to conduct an audit of the expenditure of all funds appropriated for criminal records improvement to determine how the funds were expended. [6]

Main article: NICS Improvement Act of 2007


McCarthy was born January 5, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse before her election to Congress.

Congressional career

On December 7, 1993, her husband was killed, and her son injured, on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train when gunman Colin Ferguson opened fire on random passengers. McCarthy responded to the tragedy by launching a campaign against gun violence that eventually propelled her to Congress. She defeated Republican incumbent Dan Frisa, who had repeatedly voted against gun-control legislation, by 15 points.

She is one of the most vocal supporters in the House for reinstating a Federal ban on semi-automatic firearms, commonly referred to as assault weapons. In addition to her efforts to reduce gun violence, McCarthy is especially active in issues relating to education and public health.

Even though McCarthy has always served in the House as a Democrat, she was registered as a Republican until 2003.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Martin W. Blessinger to face McCarthy in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] McCarthy retained her seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Boilermakers Union$ 7,000
American Federation of Teachers$ 5,000
American Seniors Housing Assn$ 5,000
Bryan Cave LLP$ 5,000
Credit Union National Assn$ 5,000
Deloitte LLP$ 5,000
Indep Insurance Agents & Brokers/America$ 5,000
Investment Co Institute$ 5,000
National Assn of Home Builders$ 5,000
National Auto Dealers Assn$ 5,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Carolyn McCarthy
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

  • House Committee on Education and Labor
    • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
    • Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities -Chair
  • House Committee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Carolyn McCarthy. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2346 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5516 Fax: 202-225-5758
    Webform email
District offices
  • 200 Garden City Plaza, Suite 320, Garden City, NY 11530
    Ph: 516-739-3008 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • No campaign office information entered.

Articles Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1312
  3. Library of Congress Thomas legislative information site
  4. Library of Congress Thomas legislative information site
  5. Library of Congress Thomas legislative information site
  6. Library of Congress Thomas legislative information site



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