Who is Rep Kevin McCarthy’s family? Meet wife Judy Wages and their kids

Danny Munro January 3, 2023
Who is Rep Kevin McCarthy’s family? Meet wife Judy Wages and their kids
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As the 2023 House of Representatives Speaker election nears its finale, we explore the family life of Republican candidate Kevin McCarthy and his wife Judy Wages.

Republican candidate Kevin McCarthy has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Facing competition from Democrat representative Hakeem Jeffries and fellow Republican Hakeem Jeffries, the GOP leader must obtain 218 votes to win outright.

At the time of writing, McCarthy has just lost the second round of voting, picking up 203 votes to Jeffries’ 212, though as neither party has reached the magic number of 218, voting is set to continue – The BBC reports.

Who is Kevin McCarthy’s wife, Judy Wages?

According to reports from the US Sun, Kevin met his wife Judy, whose maiden name is Wages, when the pair were in high school.

Judy and Kevin are said to have been married for some three decades, having tied the knot in 1992. The couple resides in their hometown of Bakersfield, Kern County, California.

Judy has worked as a trustee of the iconic Ford’s Theatre, Washington DC, where President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. According to the US Sun’s report, Judy has also helped raised substantial funding for the Republican Party.

Judy has previously discussed the realities of life in a political marriage, stating: “I am not the politician’s wife. I am my own person and a Christian.”

McCarthy and Wages raised children in Bakersfield

Judy and Kevin have two children together – Connor and Meghan, who they have raised together in Bakersfield.

Prior to Kevin’s political career, he was a small business owner, operating a deli business in his 20s – an experience he claims was marred by Washington’s “redundant and frivolous rules along with tedious paperwork and overburdening taxes”.

The McCarthy’s eldest, Connor, married his partner Emily Norris in a December 2020 ceremony.

Two months later in February 2021, Kevin took to Instagram to pay tribute to the pair, writing: “My son married the love of his life in December – and though the wedding was small, the love we have for them could not be bigger.”

“I’m a very proud dad!”, added the Republican politician.

Kevin and Judy McCarthy stood together amid 2015 speaker race withdrawal

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Those who can cast their mind back to the 2015 House of Representatives Speaker race may remember seeing a family appearance from the McCarthys.

As Kevin announced to the press he had withdrawn from the race, he was propped up by his children, Connor and Meghan, as well as his wife Judy, who stood aside the senior politician as he announced his withdrawal.

Kevin told the awaiting press that if the Republican party were to unite, they “probably needed a fresh face” at the helm of the party.

Kevin will be hoping for better luck in the 2023 Speaker Race, though at the time of writing, McCarthy is set to lose the second round of voting – according to reports from the BBC.

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Danny Munro is a Freelance Entertainment Reporter at GRV Media sites HITC and The Focus and is currently in his third year of a Journalism and Politics degree at the University of Strathclyde. From Twitter to TikTok, his finger is constantly on the pulse of the latest online trends and a typical shift will see him write about anything from The Kardashians to politics and everything in between. He is also passionate about all things music and edits the music section in his university paper, The Strathclyde Telegraph. Danny can be contacted at [email protected]