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Kevin McCarthy was born on January 25, 1965 in Bakersfield, California. In 1985, McCarthy attended Bakersfield College. In 1989, he received his Bachelor degree in business administration from California State University, Bakersfield. In 1994, McCarthy returned to California State University, Bakersfield and received his Master in Business Administration. He served on the Kern County Republican Central Committee from 1992-2002. McCarthy worked on the Kern County Community College District Board of Trustees in 2002. He was a member of the California Assembly from 2002-2006, and was a minor leader from 2004-2006. Kevin McCarthy was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2006. Kevin McCarthy is the Republican Chief Deputy Whip.