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
  • John Cornyn
  • John Thune
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
  • Trent Lott
  • Jon Kyl
  • John Cornyn
  • John Thune
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
December 1, 1977 – December 21, 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 III

(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.
Education
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 III[2] (born February 20, 1942) is an American politician and retired attorney serving as Senate Minority Leader since 2021 and as the senior United States senator from Kentucky, a seat he has held since 1985. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as Senate Majority Leader from 2015 to 2021, and as Minority Leader from 2007 to 2015.

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 – the post he held until Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015.

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, the Senate Republican majority under his leadership confirmed a record number of federal appeals court judges during a president's first two years and won confirmation battles on Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court. While supportive of many of Trump's policies, McConnell was critical of Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and despite voting to acquit on Trump's second impeachment trial on reasons related to the constitutionality of impeaching a former president, deemed him "practically and morally responsible" for the 2021 United States Capitol attack.[3]

McConnell is married to former secretary of transportation and former secretary of labor Elaine Chao. In 2015 and 2019, Time listed McConnell as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[4][5]

  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. ^ McConnell, Mitch (2016). "Chapter One: A fighting spirit". The Long Game: a Memoir. New York, NY: Sentinel. p. 9. ISBN 9780399564123. Archived from the original on August 5, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2020. ...my mother graduated from Wadley High School in 1937. Soon after graduation, she found her way out of rural Alabama and into Birmingham...It was here that she met A.M. McConnell II.
  3. ^ "McConnell says Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for riot after voting not guilty". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  4. ^ Boehner, John (April 16, 2015). "Mitch McConnell". Time. Archived from the original on November 6, 2020. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  5. ^ "Mitch McConnell: The 100 Most Influential People of 2019". TIME. Archived from the original on November 12, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2020.

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