38 Facts About Mitch McConnell

1. Mitch McConnell was first elected to the US Senate in 1984 and is the second Kentuckian to serve as a party leader in the Senate.

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2. Mitch McConnell holds conservative political positions, although he was known as a pragmatist and a moderate Republican early in his political career.

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3. Mitch McConnell 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 in 2010.

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4. Mitch 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.

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5. Mitch McConnell is married to former secretary of transportation and former secretary of labor Elaine Chao.

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6. Mitch McConnell said his family "almost went broke" because of costs related to his illness.

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7. In 1950, when he was eight, Mitch McConnell moved with his family from Athens to Augusta, Georgia, where his father, who was in the Army, was stationed at Fort Gordon.

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8. Mitch McConnell attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr.

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9. In 1967, Mitch McConnell graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was president of the Student Bar Association.

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10. In March 1967, shortly before the expiration of his educational draft deferment upon graduation from law school, Mitch McConnell enlisted in the US Army Reserve as a private at Louisville, Kentucky.

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11. From 1968 to 1970, Mitch McConnell worked as chief legislative assistant to Senator Marlow Cook in Washington, DC, managing a legislative department consisting of five members as well as assisting with speech writing and constituent services.

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12. Mitch McConnell served as acting United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs under President Ford in 1975.

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13. From 1997 to 2001, Mitch McConnell was chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the body charged with securing electoral victories for Republicans.

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

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15. In 2012, Mitch McConnell proposed a measure allowing President Obama to raise the debt ceiling, hoping some Democratic senators would oppose the measure, thus demonstrating disunity among Democrats.

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16. On November 5, 2019, as the House of Representatives began public hearings on the impeachment of President Trump, Mitch McConnell said, "I'm pretty sure how [an impeachment trial is] likely to end.

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17. On December 14, 2019, Mitch McConnell met with White House counsel Pat Cipollone and White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland.

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18. Mitch McConnell declared that there was "no chance" the Senate would convict Trump and remove him from office.

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19. On December 17, 2019, Mitch McConnell rejected a request to call four witnesses for Trump's impeachment trial because, according to Mitch McConnell, the Senate's role was to "act as judge and jury", not to investigate.

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20. On January 12, 2021, it was reported that Mitch McConnell supported impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, believing it would make it easier for Republicans to purge the party of Trump and rebuild the party.

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21. Mitch McConnell called for delaying the Senate trial until after Joe Biden's inauguration.

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22. Once the Senate trial started, Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Trump on February 13, 2021, and said it was unconstitutional to convict someone who was no longer in office.

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23. In 2021, Mitch McConnell sought to organize Republican Senators into filibustering a bipartisan commission to investigate the storming of the Capitol on January 6.

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24. On May 28, 2021, Mitch McConnell voted against creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6 United States Capitol attack.

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25. Mitch McConnell announced his opposition to Kagan's confirmation, saying she was not forthcoming enough about her "views on basic principles of American constitutional law".

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26. Shortly thereafter, Mitch McConnell issued a statement indicating that the US Senate would not consider any Supreme Court nominee put forth by Obama.

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27. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," Mitch McConnell said at the time.

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28. Mitch McConnell confirmed 260 federal judges over the course of Trump's four-year term, shifting the federal judiciary to the right.

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29. On October 23, 2020, Mitch McConnell set in place the Senate debate for the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg's seat.

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30. In July 2018, Mitch McConnell said funding for the MexicoUnited States border wall would likely have to wait until the midterms had concluded.

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31. Mitch McConnell directed Senate Republicans in negotiations for two other COVID-19 response packages: the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, and the CARES Act.

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32. In negotiations between congressional Democrats and White House officials for an additional aid package, Mitch McConnell was absent from the talks.

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33. Mitch McConnell netted -56 among Democrats, +29 among Republicans, and -24 among Independents.

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34. Mitch McConnell voted for the Iraq Resolution, which authorized military action against Iraq, and supported the Iraq War troop surge of 2007 in public.

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35. In 1984, Mitch McConnell ran for the US Senate against two-term Democratic incumbent Walter Dee Huddleston.

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36. In 2014, Mitch McConnell faced Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the Republican primary.

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37. Mitch McConnell is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

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38. In 2017, Mitch McConnell was portrayed satirically on an episode of South Park.

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