Republican Party of Kentucky Elects John McCarthy as National Committeeman

McCarthy replaces Mike Duncan, who has held the position since 1992

Lexington, Ky. (August 21, 2023) – The Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) elected John McCarthy as its new National Committeeman during its quarterly executive committee meeting held on Saturday. McCarthy’s over three decades of experience working in managing political, policy, and corporate operations at the highest levels made him a logical choice. 

“I want to congratulate my good friend John McCarthy on becoming the new National Committeeman for the Republican Party of Kentucky,” RPK Chairman Mac Brown said. “John’s wealth of experience and deep connections within our party and the state make him an invaluable asset. I know he will carry on the legacy by Mike Duncan, who has held this role since 1992.”

As the new National Committeeman, McCarthy will play a crucial role in representing Kentucky’s interests within the Republican National Committee (RNC) and ensuring that the state’s perspectives are heard and valued in national discussions and decisions.

“I am honored to have the confidence of Kentucky Republicans to represent them on the national level,” said John McCarthy. “Mike Duncan has been a true mentor and friend to me for years. I will do my best to carry on his legacy of service to the Republican Party, not only here in Kentucky, but nationally.”  

McCarthy served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky in 2004, following his role as Special Assistant to Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2003. Prior to his government service, McCarthy built a successful government affairs practice for a law firm and held senior-level government affairs positions at Humana and Columbia HCA. His extensive network spans Washington, Frankfort, and county courthouses throughout the state.

McCarthy has been a trusted advisor and fundraiser for key Republican leaders, including U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, and members of the congressional delegation, as well as the state house and state senate. 

McCarthy is a graduate of Centre College and resides in Louisville with his wife Cindy and their three daughters, Austin, Eloise, and Charlotte. He generously volunteers his time to several charitable organizations by serving on the board of Operation Open Arms, OneWest and West End School. 


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