California State Assembly
Kevin McCarty represents the 7th Assembly District, which includes Sacramento, West Sacramento and parts of unincorporated Sacramento County, in the California State Assembly. He serves as chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, which oversees the largest component of California’s multi-billion-dollar budget. As chair, he made historic investments in public education, including expanding access to preschool for low- and middle-income families, providing greater career technical education programs, and increasing student enrollment at public colleges and universities. His other legislative priorities include addressing housing affordability, fighting climate change, championing criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence, tackling the opioid crisis, and advocating for the middle class. He began his public service career as a Sacramento housing and redevelopment commissioner and he served on the Sacramento City Council from 2004 to 2014. As a councilmember, he created innovative youth programs and wrote common-sense gun laws, tackled sub-standard rental housing, and crafted clean air policies. He created Sacramento’s Little Saigon district, the city’s Whistleblower Hotline program, and the Independent Auditor department. He attended American River College, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from California State University, Sacramento.