McCarthy re-elected Majority Whip in Congress

McCarthy re-elected Majority Whip in CongressRep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) has been re-elected by his colleages in the House of Representatives to continue serving as Majority Whip in the 113th Congress.

McCarthy’s position is considered the third most powerful in the house, and his responsibilities include educating members to ensure passage of legislation voted on the floor.

“As Majority Whip, Congressman?McCarthy has a critical role in directing strategy and developing policy,” said a spokesperson from his office. He is the first California Republican to hold this position in Congress.

“I am honored that my Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives have chosen me to serve as the House Majority Whip,” he said.

“Our nation faces many challenges and I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the commonsense ideas that come from our constituents from the?Central Valley to the Indian?Wells?Valley to the Antelope Valley will always be heard in Washington.

“Our nation’s principles of free enterprise, limited government and individual freedom will continue to guide the nations of this Congress.”

McCarthy is a former a staffer for Rep. Bill Thomas, whose long career in Congress ended with him as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

McCarthy’s career in politics began with his successful bid for Assembly in 2002.

His leadership among his peers in the state legislature earned him the role of Republican Whip within his first year of service, followed by his election as Republican Leader shortly thereafter.

He ran for Congress when Thomas retired in 2006 and during his freshman term gained notoriety as a rising star of his party.

He was named, along with Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, as one of the “Young Guns” of the Republican Party and highlighted in a book of the same name.

Story First Published: 2012-11-21