Kevin McCarthy: ‘I’m proud to be a Christian’

June 20, 2014

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was elected House majority leader on Thursday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Fresh off his victory in being named the new House majority leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) addressed a group of religious conservative activists on Friday and said he was "proud" of his faith.

"I'm not ashamed to say it: I'm proud to be a Christian," McCarthy said.

McCarthy was speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference a day after he defeated Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) in the race to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as majority leader.

McCarthy said he's been asked a lot about what his leadership tenure will be like. "We're going to have the courage to lead with the wisdom to listen," he explained.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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