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Kevin McCarthy is a Bakersfield native who started his first business, Kevin O’s Deli, before he was 21.
His experiences trying to get a small business of the ground spurred his interest in public service and politics.
After taking courses at Bakersfield College, he graduate from CSUB with a Masters in Business Administration.
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 and won a seat in the US Congress in 2006.
Currently, Kevin McCarthy is the Majority Whip in the US House of Representatives.
Bakersfield College, in rural Kern County, has an alum who is the now Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives. Agree with him politically or not - that one of ours has been so successful and holds such a seat of influence is pretty amazing.