McCarthy elected majority leader
June 20, 2014
Central California Congressman Kevin McCarthy now holds the second ranking position in the U.S. House of Representatives. House Republicans elected McCarthy, 49, majority leader Thursday.
McCarthy now only trails Speaker John Boehner in the House pecking order.
“I am humbled to have this new opportunity at the leadership table to ensure that our commonsense values are represented in Washington and to make D.C. listen and respond to the priorities of Californians,” McCarthy said in a press release. “Fighting for our area, I have continued to advance legislation and solutions that directly deal with our area’s pressing issues, from bringing more water to our valley by reversing harmful government policies that are exacerbating the worst drought in a century to stopping any more federal money from being directed to high-speed rail to ensuring the Central Valley remains a leading energy producer in the nation.”
McCarthy, a resident of Bakersfield, represents a district that consists largely of Kern and Tulare counties. Prior to redistricting, McCarthy represented much of San Luis Obispo County.
Previous majority leader, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, lost his primary election earlier this month, triggering Thursday’s vote. McCarthy served as majority whip, the No. 3 position in the leading party, before becoming majority leader.