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Biography of Mitch McConnell from Senate.gov
Mitch McConnell is the Senate Republican Leader. First elected to that position unanimously by his colleagues in 2006, he is the 15th Senate Republican Leader and only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate. The first, Alben Barkley, led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949.
Senator McConnell previously served, again by the unanimous vote of his colleagues, as the Republican Leader in the 110th and 111th Congresses and the Majority Whip in the 108th and 109th Congresses. McConnell also served in leadership as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 1998 and 2000 election cycles.
First elected to the Senate in 1984, McConnell made history that year as the only Republican challenger in the country to defeat a Democrat incumbent and as the first Republican to win a statewide Kentucky race since 1968. McConnell’s victory in 2008 is also one for the record books: On November 4, he won nearly a million votes, the most ever received for a Kentuckian in a statewide race.
Senator McConnell graduated with honors from the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences, where he served as student body president. He also is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was elected president of the Student Bar Association. McConnell worked as an intern on Capitol Hill for Senator John Sherman Cooper before serving as chief legislative assistant to Senator Marlow Cook and as deputy assistant attorney general to President Gerald Ford. Before his election to the U.S. Senate, he served as judge-executive of Jefferson County, Kentucky, from 1978 until he commenced his Senate term on January 3, 1985.
McConnell currently serves as a senior member of the Appropriations, Agriculture and Rules Committees.
Married to Elaine L. Chao, who served as President George W. Bush’s U.S. Secretary of Labor and is a former president of the United Way of America and director of the Peace Corps, he is the proud father of three daughters.
Biography of Mitch McConnell from McConnell Senate Committee
Mitch McConnell’s illustrious Senate career first began when he became the first Republican to win a statewide race in Kentucky in sixteen years. That year, McConnell was the only Republican in the country to defeat a Democratic incumbent. Since then McConnell has been reelected by the people of Kentucky five times and is widely considered to be one of the most effective lawmakers in Washington.
McConnell’s service of conservative leadership is defined by legislative battles in defense of the Constitution, his consummate support for military men and women, protection of taxpayers, and unapologetic advocacy for the people of Kentucky. From his then-unprecedented legislative maneuvering in defense of the First Amendment in the 1990s, to his widely-praised efforts on behalf of veterans, to his support of Kentucky’s universities of higher education, and to his ongoing work to dispose of chemical weapons stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot, Senator McConnell’s list of accomplishments are only trumped by his agenda for the future.
On November 15, 2006 McConnell was unanimously elected Senate Republican Leader by his colleagues making him only the second Senator from Kentucky in history to lead his party in the U.S. Senate. He has twice been reelected unanimously to lead his party in the Senate and currently presides over a robust minority of 47 members.
McConnell was raised in south Louisville and graduated with honors from the University of Louisville. During his time at the University of Louisville, McConnell served as the president of the student body for the College of Arts and Sciences. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was elected president of the Student Bar Association. McConnell gained experience working on Capitol Hill as an intern for Senator John Sherman Cooper. McConnell took the position of chief legislative assistant to Senator Marlow Cook and later he served as a deputy assistant attorney general under President Gerald R. Ford. Before his election to the U.S. Senate, McConnell served as County Judge-Executive (the elected Chief Executive Officer) in Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky.
Senator McConnell is married to the Honoroable Elaine L. Chao, who served as United States Secretary of Labor from 2000 – 2008, and is a former president of the United Way of America and director of the Peace Corps. Senator McConnell is the proud father of three daughters, Elly, Claire, and Porter.