He replied by talking about the House of Representatives' special panel investigation into the incident when Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012. He is the first Republican in his immediate family, as his parents were members of the Democratic Party. [128][129] Days earlier, Representative Walter B. Jones Jr. had sent a letter to the Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers stating that any candidates for a leadership position with "misdeeds" should withdraw from the race. "Boehner's likely successor credits Benghazi committee for lowering Hillary Clinton's poll numbers", "Kevin McCarthy's comments about Benghazi should trouble Republicans", "Democrats' sweet Benghazi revenge: Kevin McCarthy's gaffe is the gift that keeps on giving", "Gowdy slams McCarthy on Benghazi comments: He 'screwed up, "Kevin McCarthy Steps Into a Faux Outrage", "Kevin McCarthy Admits Benghazi Comment Was A Gaffe: John Boehner said it could have happened to anybody", Meet Kevin McCarthy, the potential next speaker of the House, Abortion Rights Activists Decry House Bill They Say Attempts to Redefine Rape, Price Signals He May Block States From Requiring Abortion Coverage, Republican Health Plan Could End Insurance Coverage of Abortion, Most California insurance plans could be ineligible for tax credits under the GOP's new proposal, "Pro-Life Rep. Kevin McCarthy Elected Republican House Majority Leader Replacing Cantor", "House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic", "Roll Call 193 Bill Number | H. Res.

[12] He became the Republican floor leader in 2003. [1][2] After announcing his candidacy for Speaker on September 28, 2015, he dropped out of the race on October 8 in favor of Paul Ryan.[3]. McCarthy strongly criticized her words, saying they showed disrespect for Holocaust victims. JavaScript is required for full functionality on this website, but scripting is currently disabled. [92], In 2019, McCarthy had threatened to take "action" against two new Muslim congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who have sharply criticized the Israeli government's policies in the Palestinian territories and embraced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. On November 17, 2010, he was selected by the House Republican Conference to be the House majority whip in the 112th Congress. [116] McCarthy tweeted this a day after a pipe bomb was delivered to Soros' home. While as House Majority Leader he was second-in-command to the Speaker, as Minority Leader he is the leader of the House Republicans. "[93], McCarthy voiced support for Hong Kong protesters. [21], McCarthy won re-election to a sixth term in 2016 with 69.2% of the vote in the general election; the opposing candidate, Wendy Reed, Democratic Party candidate, received 30.8% of the vote. D.C. area voters take to the polls on Election Day, Trump to thank campaign staffers in Virginia; Biden starts Election Day in church, Teachers union, parents rally over D.C. Public Schools’ reopening plans, D.C. police prepare for protests over election, Leftist activists plan unrest in D.C., warn of a potential Trump coup after election, D.C businesses board up ahead of election, ‘non-scalable’ fence around White House, DCPS chief: Students will not return in-person next week, Democrats projected to win Senate, expand House majority, Military passengers subjected to random COVID-19 testing, DOJ: 27 missing children found during search in Virginia, D.C. university warns students to stockpile ‘a week of food’ ahead of potential election unrest, D.C. follows nationwide trend of uptick in coronavirus cases. Please enable JavaScript and reload this page. [11] From the late 1990s until 2000, he was Thomas's district director. TOP STORIES @jack easy fix: explain to Congress what is going on. [71], After the 2018 mid-term elections, in which Democrats won a majority in the House, McCarthy said that Democrats should not investigate President Donald Trump. He said that Trump had already been investigated "for a long period of time." [55][56][57][58] Some commentators described his remark as a classic "Kinsley gaffe", defined as when a politician accidentally tells the truth. [12] He is a former board member for the Community Action Partnership of Kern. [61] By 2015, however, McCarthy was a "staunch anti-abortion-rights advocate. MJ Lee, Lauren Fox, Tami Luhby and Phil Mattingly, 2006 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 22, 2008 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 22, 2010 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 22, 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 23, 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 23, 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 23, 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 23, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, October 2015 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election, Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012, racism against Asian-Americans related to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, international agreement on climate change, federal wind-energy production tax credit, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.

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