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  1. Addison Mitchell McConnell III [1] ( / məˈkɒnəl / mə-KON-əl; born February 20, 1942) is an American politician and retired attorney who has been serving as Senate Minority Leader since 2021 and the senior United States senator from Kentucky since 1985.

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    • Who Is Mitch McConnell?
    • Early Years and Education
    • Early Political Career
    • U.S. Senator
    • Republican Leader and Opposition to President Obama
    • Majority Leader and Supreme Court Controversy
    • Trump Administration: Obamacare Repeal, Tax Reform, Wall Vote
    • Impeachment
    • Personal Life

    Politician Mitch McConnell began his career as an elected official as judge-executive of Kentucky's Jefferson County in 1977. Elected to the U.S. Senate as a moderate Republican in 1984, he displayed a political acumen that enabled him to rise to the position of minority leader in 2006. McConnell gained national attention for his opposition to Pres...

    Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. was born on February 20, 1942, in Sheffield, Alabama. After contracting polio at age two, he recovered through his mother's vigorous therapy sessions, even developing into a talented baseball player. A new job for Addison Sr. brought the family to Louisville, Kentucky, where McConnell became student body president at ...

    Setting his sights on a career in politics, McConnell interned for Kentucky Congressman Gene Snyder and Senator John Sherman Cooper in the mid-1960s. He served as chief legislative assistant for Senator Marlow Cook after law school, and later became a deputy assistant attorney general to President Gerald Ford. In 1977, McConnell earned his first el...

    During his first term in the Senate, McConnell earned a spot on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and advocated for tax reform. Gaining traction after his re-election in 1990, he became known for his opposition to campaign-finance reform, and successfully spearheaded an effort to block legislation on that front in 1994. Named chairman of the N...

    As the Senate's top Republican, McConnell rejected the Democratic push for establishing a timetable to withdraw troops from Iraq. In late 2008, he threw his support behind the Troubled Asset Relief Program, signed into law by outgoing President George W. Bush. With the 2008 election of President Obama giving Democrats control of the White House and...

    With the votes in his favor, McConnell turned his attention to new legislation. He oversaw Senate approval of a five-year highway bill, struck deals to enact education and social security reforms and pushed for a bill to address an opioid epidemic. Additionally, he continued his work as the senior member of the Agriculture, Appropriations and Rules...

    With President Trump in office, McConnell and his fellow Republican lawmakers embarked on their long-promised effort to repeal Obamacare. After some early missteps, the House managed to pass its version of repeal legislation in May 2017. However, the Senate bill failed to generate enough traction to get over the hump, and with the defections of ind...

    In fall 2019, McConnell and his fellow senators mostly took a back seat as the country focused on the impeachment hearings of President Trump in the House of Representatives. The lower chamber voted almost entirely along party lines in December to charge the president with abuse of power and obstruction of justice, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...

    A devoted Baptist, McConnell in 2016 published a book, The Long Game, about his life and career in politics. McConnell has three daughters with his first wife, Sherrill Redmon. In 1993, he married his second wife, Elaine Chao, who later served as George W. Bush’s secretary of labor. In November 2016, Chao was tapped by president-elect Trump for the...

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  3. Addison Mitchell " Mitch " McConnell, Jr. (born February 20, 1942) is the senior United States Senator from Kentucky. A member of the Republican Party, he is the Minority Leader of the Senate, succeeding Chuck Schumer. He is the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky history. [2]

  4. Facts Top Questions When was Mitch McConnell born? McConnell was born on February 20, 1942, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Who is Mitch McConnell's wife? In 1993 McConnell married Elaine Chao, who later served as secretary of labour under Pres. George W. Bush and secretary of transportation under Pres. Donald Trump.

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  5. MCCONNELL, ADDISON MITCHELL (MITCH), A Senator from Kentucky; born in Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Ala., February 20, 1942; attended Louisville, Ky. public schools; graduated, University of Louisville 1964; graduated, University of Kentucky Law School, Lexington 1967; admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1967; legislative assistant to Senator Marlow Cook 1968-1970; Deputy Assistant United States ...

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