Congressman Kevin McCarthy was born in Bakersfield, California, and is a fourth-generation Kern County resident. He was first elected to represent the 22nd District of California in the United States House of Representatives in November 2006. In November 2010, he was reelected to serve for a third term. For the 112th Congress, McCarthy was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Majority Whip. Congressman McCarthy also serves on the Financial Services Committee for the 112th Congress. Before his 21st birthday, McCarthy successfully opened and operated a small business, Kevin Oâ€™s Deli. After selling his business and finishing his undergraduate degree and Masters in Business Administration at California State University, Bakersfield, McCarthy worked for former Congressman Bill Thomas, and successfully 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 post. In this leadership role, McCarthy worked with the Governor and Democrat leaders in the state Assembly and Senate to address critical state issues, such as reducing Californiaâ€™s budget deficit and overhauling the state workerâ€™s compensation system.