Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell 2016 official photo (cropped).jpg
Official portrait, 2016
Senate Minority Leader
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
DeputyJohn Thune
Preceded byChuck Schumer
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2015
Deputy
Preceded byHarry Reid
Succeeded byHarry Reid
Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 20, 2021
Deputy
Preceded byHarry Reid
Succeeded byChuck Schumer
United States Senator
from Kentucky
Assumed office
January 3, 1985
Serving with Rand Paul
Preceded byWalter Dee Huddleston
Leader of the Senate Republican Conference
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Deputy
Preceded byBill Frist
Senate Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
LeaderBill Frist
Preceded byHarry Reid
Succeeded byDick Durbin
Chair of the Senate Rules Committee
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2001
Preceded byChris Dodd
Succeeded byChris Dodd
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byJohn Warner
Succeeded byChris Dodd
Judge/Executive of Jefferson County
In office
1977–1984
Preceded byTodd Hollenbach III
Succeeded byBremer Ehrler
Acting United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs
In office
1975
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byVincent Rakestraw
Succeeded byMichael Uhlmann
Personal details
Born
Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr.

(1942-02-20) February 20, 1942 (age 79)
Sheffield, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Sherrill Redmon
(m. 1968; div. 1980)
(m. 1993)
Children3
ResidenceLouisville, Kentucky, U.S.
EducationduPont Manual High School
Alma mater
Occupation
  • Politician
  • lawyer
  • legislator
Net worthUS$22.5 million (2014)[1]
Signature
WebsiteSenate website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of serviceJuly 9, 1967, to August 15, 1967 (37 days) (medical separation)
UnitUnited States Army Reserve

Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. (born February 20, 1942) is an American politician, serving since 1985 as the senior United States senator for Kentucky, and since January 20, 2021 as Senate Minority Leader. He previously served as majority leader between January 2015 and January 2021.

A member of the Republican Party, McConnell was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, and is the second Kentuckian to serve as a party leader in the Senate. During the 1998 and 2000 election cycles, he was chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He was elected Majority Whip in the 108th Congress and re-elected to the post in 2004. In November 2006, he was elected Senate minority leader – a post he held that until 2015, when Republicans took control of the Senate.

McConnell holds conservative political positions, although he was known as a pragmatist and a moderate Republican early in his political career. He led opposition to stricter campaign finance laws, culminating in the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. FEC that partially overturned the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold) in 2010. McConnell worked to withhold Republican support for major presidential initiatives during the Obama administration, having made frequent use of the filibuster, and blocked many of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees, including Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. During the Trump administration, Senate Republicans, under McConnell's leadership, broke a record for largest number of federal appeals court judges confirmed during a president's first two years; among those nominees were Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, all of whom were confirmed to the Supreme Court.

After the 2020 United States Senate elections, McConnell returned to the position of minority leader. In February 2021, in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, McConnell voted to acquit Trump due to an issue concerning Constitutional jurisdiction. However, McConnell stated he believed Trump engaged in a “disgraceful dereliction of duty" and that "there is no question... that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the event of that day".[2][3]

  1. ^ Kessler, Glenn (May 22, 2014). "How did Mitch McConnell's Net Worth Soar?". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 19, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "GOP's McConnell: Trump morally responsible for Jan. 6 attack". The Associated Press. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "Roll Call Vote 117th Congress - 1st Session". U.S. Senate. Retrieved February 14, 2021.

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