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PHOTO GALLERY: Speaker McCarthy addresses supporters at Fox Theater

If there was one thing Kevin McCarthy looked to remind constituents Thursday, it's that before he became speaker of the House, he was a Driller. His message was well-received by those who were invited.

Outside downtown’s Fox Theater, a small crowd gathered as early as 1:45 p.m. to line up outside and vie for a good seat at the special homecoming.

By 3:30 p.m., the lower section of the theater neared capacity. In the lobby and along the stairs, garland and balloons bound the building with the pomp and pageantry of Christmas or Independence Day.

Speeches were made in person and on a pre-recorded reel, rotating through friends and colleagues who spoke to McCarthy's character and accomplishments at both the local and national level.