Kirkland makes it official, launches 20th Congressional District bid

The local business owner and animal activist is running as a Republican.

Clovis businessman Kyle Kirkland officially launched his campaign for Congress on Wednesday. 

Kirkland, a Republican, is running for the 20th Congressional District to succeed Speaker Emeritus Kevin McCarthy. 


The big picture: Kirkland is the latest Republican to enter the race for the 20th District, which heavily favorites Republicans. McCarthy won the district with over two-thirds of the vote last year. 

  • He owns Club One Casino, Fresno’s lone cardroom. 
  • Kirkland also is the Chairman of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Corporation, the body that oversees the zoo and deals with how Measure Z funding is spent. 
  • Along with his work with the zoo, Kirkland runs a local nonprofit that rescues and relocates at-risk animals in the Central Valley. 
  • Before moving to the Central Valley to run Club One Casino, Kirkland was the owner and Chairman of Steinway Musical Instruments, which operated on six continents and is the largest domestic producer of musical instruments in the nation. 

What they’re saying: “I am excited by this opportunity to run for Congress and intend to work relentlessly for the privilege to represent the 20th District in Washington,” Kirkland said in a statement. 

  • “My years of business experience have given me the tools and knowledge to address the high cost of living, the border crisis, irresponsible government and the other issues that matter to Valley families. I’ve spent the last decade giving back to our community, and I’d be honored to continue that service and bring results-oriented change to Congress.” 
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