Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s last day in Congress was Sunday. The Bakersfield Republican congressman and former speaker’s career in Washington, D.C., spanned more than a decade and a half.
Always a prodigious fundraiser, McCarthy rose quickly through the ranks of the House GOP after winning election in 2006. His first attempt to secure the speakership, in 2015, ended in failure. He finally achieved his longtime goal in 2023, after a historic 15-ballot fight. But his grasp on the gavel was short-lived. In early October, eight rebel Republicans joined with Democrats to oust him from the speaker’s chair. In December, he announced he would retire before the end of the year, bringing his congressional career to a close.
Here’s a photographic look at some of the highlights of McCarthy’s time on Capitol Hill.