|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 7th district
December 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Roger Dickinson|
January 6, 1972 |
Kevin McCarty (born 1972) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 7th district, encompassing parts of the Sacramento metropolitan area. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was an Sacramento city councilmember representing the 6th district which includes part of the eastern and southeastern parts of the city.
Prior to being elected to the Sacramento City Council, McCarty served as policy director to former California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, and as an assembly budget committee consultant to former California State Assembly member Denise Moreno Ducheny. McCarty was first elected to the city council in 2004 after Dave Jones stepped down in order to run for the state assembly. He is a resident of the Elmhurst neighborhood.
McCarty was born and raised in the Sacramento area. He graduated with a degree in political science from CSU Long Beach and is working on a masters degree in public policy and administration from Sacramento State. He worked for former Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and also served as a consultant to the Assembly Budget Committee. While on the city council, McCarty supplements that with serving as the legislative advocate for Preschool California.
Work on city council
Representing many of Sacramento's older neighborhoods, McCarty has been a big advocate for safe housing and for inspections of Sacramento's numerous rental housing units. He is also known as a big advocate of gun control. He also works with creating after school programs for District 6 schools. Council member McCarty along with Darrell Fong voted against a $257 million subsidy to develop a downtown entertainment and sports complex for the Sacramento Kings.
The 6th district includes the suburban College Greens and Glenbrook neighborhoods which are located in the eastern edges of Sacramento. He also represents the Tahoe Park area and the surrounding neighborhoods that make up southeast Sacramento.
In the 2004 election, McCarty faced John Boyd, the director of Shriners Hospital for Children. McCarty defeated him by a 62% to 38% margin.
McCarty did not face any opposition in his 2008 reelection bid. He did gain notoriety as the lone city councilman who declined to take sides in the mayoral primary between Heather Fargo and Kevin Johnson. However, by the general election, he decided to support Fargo's unsuccessful reelection bid.
2010 Assembly Bid
In 2012, McCarty was challenged by information technology manager Mitch Netto. He easily won in the primary election by a 3 to 1 margin.
In 2014, McCarty was elected to represent California's 7th Assembly District, defeating fellow Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Cohn.
- "Your Council Member: Councilmember Kevin McCarty". City of Sacramento. 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
- "Our Staff: Kevin McCarty, Legislative Advocate". Preschool California. Retrieved 2012-11-02.