Kevin McCarthy announces death of his mother

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Former Speaker of the House and Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy said his mother died this past weekend.

According to a post on McCarthy’s Instagram, Roberta McCarthy died surrounded by family.

KGET previously reported Kevin McCarthy’s father, Owen McCarthy died of cancer in 2000.

During an event at the Fox Theater in January 2023, after McCarthy was elected as Speaker of the House, Roberta McCarthy told 17 News about McCarthy’s rise to the speakership: “It’s still unreal to me, but I’m so blessed, so terribly blessed by god to be his mom.”

Roberta offered this advice to her son at the time: “Keep remembering, it’s the job, it’s not you. Don’t ever lose your humility and your humbleness and keep being a Bakersfield boy.”

Roberta McCarthy was 83.

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