50 Facts About Mitch McConnell

1. Mitch McConnell appears in the title sequence, and as an off-screen character, in season 1 of Alpha House.

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2. Mitch McConnell was inducted as a member of the Sons of the American Revolution on March 1, 2013.

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3. Mitch McConnell was married to his first wife, Sherrill Redmon, from 1968 to 1980, and had three children.

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4. Mitch McConnell is shown in red and Democratic opponents shown in blue.

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5. Mitch McConnell has repeatedly been found to have the lowest home state approval rating of any sitting senator.

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6. Mitch McConnell stoked the hyperpolarization of American politics to make the Obama presidency as dysfunctional and paralyzed as he possibly could.

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7. Mitch McConnell has gained a reputation as a skilled political strategist and tactician.

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8. Mitch McConnell delayed and obstructed health care reform and banking reform, which were the two landmark pieces of legislation that Democrats sought to get passed early in Obama's tenure.

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9. Mitch McConnell justified the obstructionism by falsely claiming that the 60-vote threshold was the historical norm in the Senate.

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10. In 2015, Mitch McConnell rebuked then-candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the United States.

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11. In February 2018, Mitch McConnell stated his support for an immigration proposal that aligned with President Trump's framework, reasoning the bill which he said had "the best chance" of being signed into law.

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12. Mitch McConnell is part of the group of 13 senators drafting the Senate version of the AHCA behind closed doors.

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13. Mitch McConnell opposed the bill on the grounds of it not including sufficient border-security measures that would future illegal immigration.

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14. In 2014, Mitch McConnell repeated his call for the full repeal of Obamacare and said that Kentucky should be allowed to keep the state's health insurance exchange website, Kynect, or set up a similar system.

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15. Mitch McConnell explained the reasoning behind withholding Republican support as, "It was absolutely critical that everybody be together because if the proponents of the bill were able to say it was bipartisan, it tended to convey to the public that this is OK.

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16. Mitch McConnell opined that Democrats were using the shooting as a political talking point while Republicans John Cornyn and Chuck Grassley were "pursuing real solutions that can help keep Americans safer from the threat of terrorism.

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17. Mitch McConnell supported the 2017 Shayrat missile strike, saying it "was well-planned, well-executed, went right to the heart of the matter, which is using chemical weapons.

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18. In 2006, Mitch McConnell publicly criticized Senate Democrats for urging that troops be brought back from Iraq.

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19. In October 2002, Mitch McConnell voted for the Iraq Resolution, which authorized military action against Iraq.

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20. Mitch McConnell went on to engineer new IMF funding to "faithfully protect aid to Egypt and Israel", and "promote free elections and better treatment of Muslim refugees" in Myanmar, Cambodia and Macedonia.

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21. Mitch McConnell offered an amendment to the measure that would have made flag desecration illegal as a statutory crime, not by amending the Constitution.

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22. Mitch McConnell was one of 22 senators to sign a letter to President Donald Trump urging the President to have the United States withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

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23. In November 2016, Mitch McConnell requested that President-elect Trump prioritize the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office during a meeting and told reporters that President Obama "sat on the Keystone pipeline throughout his entire eight years, even though his own State Department said it had no measurable impact on climate.

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24. In 2015, Mitch McConnell encouraged state governors not to comply with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which was aimed at tackling climate change.

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25. Mitch McConnell expressed skepticism that climate change is a problem, telling the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board in 2014, "I'm not a scientist, I am interested in protecting Kentucky's economy, I'm interested in having low cost electricity.

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26. In July 2014, Mitch McConnell expressed opposition to a US Senate bill that would limit the practice of corporate inversion by US corporations seeking to limit US tax liability.

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27. In 2014, Mitch McConnell opposed the Paycheck Fairness Act because it would "line the pockets of trial lawyers", not help women.

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28. In 2014, Mitch McConnell voted to help break Ted Cruz's filibuster attempt against a debt limit increase and then against the bill itself.

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29. In December 2018, Mitch McConnell opposed a Democratic resolution that overturned IRS guidance to reduce the amount of donor information certain tax-exempt groups would have to give the IRS, saying, "In a climate that is increasingly hostile to certain kinds of political expression and open debate, the last thing Washington needs to do is to chill the exercise of free speech and add to the sense of intimidation.

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30. Mitch McConnell spearheaded the movement against the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, calling it "neither fair, nor balanced, nor constitutional.

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31. Mitch McConnell led opposition to stricter campaign finance regulations, with the Lexington Herald Leader describing it as McConnell's "pet issue.

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32. Mitch McConnell opined that he could not imagine Trump dismissing the investigation and told reporters they were "trying to get me to speculate about things that I'm confident are not going to happen.

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33. In November 2018, Mitch McConnell told reporters that legislation protecting Mueller was unnecessary and a bill by Jeff Flake would not come up in the Senate since Mueller was "not under threat", citing President Trump as having repeatedly stated the investigation would be allowed to finish.

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34. In June 2018, Mitch McConnell said regarding the Mueller investigation: "they ought to wrap it up.

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35. In November 2017, Mitch McConnell was opposed to passing legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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36. Mitch McConnell initially endorsed fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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37. In June 2018, Mitch McConnell became the longest-serving Senate Republican leader in the history of the United States.

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38. Mitch McConnell was first elected as Majority Whip in the 108th Congress and unanimously re-elected on November 17, 2004.

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39. Mitch McConnell began interning for Senator John Sherman Cooper in 1964, and his time with Cooper inspired him to run for the Senate eventually himself.

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40. Mitch McConnell has maintained strong ties to his alma mater and "remains a rabid fan of its sports teams.

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41. Mitch McConnell was president of the Student Council of the College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

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42. In 1990, Mitch McConnell said that his family "almost went broke" because of costs related to his illness.

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43. Mitch McConnell was born on February 20, 1942, in Sheffield, Alabama, and raised as a young child in nearby Athens.

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44. Mitch McConnell endorsed Rand Paul in the 2016 Republican primaries before ultimately supporting then-presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

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45. In October 2010, Mitch McConnell said that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

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46. Mitch McConnell led opposition to stricter campaign finance laws, culminating in the Supreme Court ruling that partially overturned the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.

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47. Mitch McConnell was known as a pragmatist and moderate Republican early in his political career but veered sharply to the right over time.

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48. In November 2006, Mitch McConnell was elected Senate Minority Leader; he held that post until 2015, when Republicans took control of the Senate and he became Senate Majority Leader.

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49. Mitch McConnell was first elected as Majority Whip in the 108th Congress and was re-elected to the post in 2004.

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50. Mitch McConnell is the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate and is the longest-serving US Senator from Kentucky in history.

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