5 Things to Know About Kevin McCarthy, the Likely Next Speaker of the House

Everything you need to know about him.

McCarthy announced his campaign for Speaker in an email to colleagues Monday, positioning himself as a uniter of the divided conference.

"We can’t ignore the differences that exist, but we can and must heal the divisions in our conference with work, time, and trust," he wrote.

Here’s what you need to know about the man who could become the third-in-line for the U.S. presidency:

He Owned a Deli Before Turning to Politics

After winning the $5,000, McCarthy opened up “Kevin O’s Deli,” a sandwich shop that was toasting subs “hot upon request” before Subway caught on, according to the Orange County Register. McCarthy, who frequently references his small business experience, used earnings from the shop to pay his way through school at California State University.

He first entered politics as an intern for former Rep. Bill Thomas, R-California, who served as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and a mentor to McCarthy. He spent years in local politics and the California State Assembly before winning Thomas's seat just nine years ago -- which would make his rise to the Speaker's rostrum would one of the fastest in congressional history.

He Helped Build GOP’s House Majority

In his note to colleagues Monday, McCarthy raised his personal connections to members.

"You all know me. We’ve spent late nights on the House Floor together. I’ve visited your districts and met your families and constituents. More importantly, I have gotten to know your ideas, your goals, and your vision for our conference and our country," he wrote.

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