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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

Majority Leader

Political Highlights: Jefferson County judge-executive, 1978-85; U.S. Senate, 1985-present
Born: Feb. 20, 1942; Sheffield, Ala.
Residence: Louisville
Religion: Baptist
Family: Wife, Elaine L. Chao; three children
Education: U. of Louisville, B.A. 1964; U. of Kentucky, J.D. 1967
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1984 (6th term)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry (Conservation, Forestry & Natural Resources; Livestock, Marketing & Agriculture Security; Nutrition, Specialty Crops, & Agricultural Research); Appropriations (Agriculture; Defense; Energy-Water; Interior-Environment; Military Construction-VA; State-Foreign Operations); Rules & Administration

Election History
2014generalMitch McConnell (R) 806,78756.2
Alison Grimes (D) 584,69840.7
David Patterson (LIBERT) 44,2403.1
2008generalMitch McConnell (R) 953,81653.0
Bruce Lunsford (D) 847,00547.0
2002generalMitch McConnell (R) 731,67964.7
Lois Weinberg (D) 399,63435.3
1996generalMitch McConnell (R) 724,79455.5
Steven Beshear (D) 560,01242.8
Dennis Lacy (LIBERT) 8,5950.7
Patricia Metten (NL) 8,3440.6
Mac McElroy (USTAX) 5,2840.4
Richard Beilke () 170.0
1990generalMitch McConnell (R) 478,03452.0
Harvey Sloane (D) 437,97648.0
1984generalMitch McConnell (R) 644,99050.0
Walter Huddleston (D) 639,72150.0
Roll Call Vitals


Kentucky is 22nd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@McConnellPress)

Mitch McConnell is ranked 39th on the 50 Richest Members of Congress list.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.