Kevin McCarthy

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U.S. Representative

Kevin McCarthy (R)

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CA-23
Positions
Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on House Administration
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: N/a

Incumbent running: Yes, for a different seat

2012 candidates for CA-23

Confirmed: Kevin McCarthy, Terry Phillips
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for CA-23)
On the Web
Official website

Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, has represented the Twenty-second Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007.

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Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 100 - 1 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 5 - 1/20 10 - 2/20
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 85 - 17/20 not avail.


State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

In 2007, Congress took up the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health care for about 6 million children and 670,000 adults from families who earn too much money qualify for Medicare but not enough to afford health insurance. Congressional Democrats and many Republicans tried to use the opportunity to dramatically expand the program but were opposed by President George W. Bush and other Republicans. In 2006, 5.4 million children were eligible but not enrolled in SCHIP or Medicaid and 9.4 million total children were uninsured.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy voted against the first House bill, which passed along party lines. It would have added $47 billion over five years to the $25 billion cost of the program and added about 5 million people to the program, including children, some legal immigrants, pregnant women and adults aged 18 and 19. The bill was financed mainly by an increase in cigarette taxes.[1]

House Democrats, with 45 Republicans, later compromised and passed a bill which expanded the plan by $35 billion and would have insured about 3.5 million more children from families generally making between 250% and 300% of the federal poverty line (about $51,000 to $62,000 for a family of four). Most non-pregnant, childless adults were excluded, as were most legal immigrants and all illegal immigrants. McCarthy voted against the bill.[2]

After President Bush vetoed the bill, Democratic leaders attempted to override the veto with the same bill but failed. McCarthy voted against the bill.[3]

House Democrats then attempted to override it with another bill, which gave into Republican demands for increased checks for citizenship, the quick phasing-out of adult coverage, a hard limit of 300% of the federal poverty level and funding for families that covered their children through private insurance instead. Republicans, angry that the vote was scheduled during massive fires in California, blocked the veto override. McCarthy voted against the bill[4]. For details on the bills and the debate, see the main State Children's Health Insurance Program page.

Iraq War

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

Environmental record

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Biography

Born in 1965, McCarthy earned both his undergraduate degree and Masters of Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield. He opened his first business, Kevin O's Deli, at the age of 21 to raise money to for college. He and his wife Judy have two children, Connor (12) and Meghan (10). [5]

From the late 1990s until 2002, McCarthy served as the District Director for U.S. Congressman Bill Thomas. In 2000, he was elected as a Trustee on the Kern Community College District Board. In 2002, McCarthy was elected to the California state assembly and became the first person to be elected Republican Assembly Leader as a freshman.[6]

2006 election

McCarthy defeated Democrat Shannon Beery to replace retiring Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) in the 2006 congressional elections. He received 71% of the vote.

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)
Oracle Corp$ 29,500
Chevron Corp$ 26,000
Comcast Corp$ 26,000
Pacific Advisors$ 23,000
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 21,500
Goldman Sachs$ 21,000
Occidental Petroleum$ 20,000
Bechtel Group$ 17,500
Carlyle Group$ 17,500
American Health Care Assn$ 15,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org 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 Kevin McCarthy
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org 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

Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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Contact

DC office
  • 326 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2915 Fax: 202-225-2908
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District offices
  • 4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA 93309
    Ph: 661-327-3611 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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