Quick Facts Of Mitch McConnell
Celebrated Name Mitch McConnell Age 77 Years Nick Name Mitch Birth Name Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. Birth Date 1942-02-20 Gender Male Profession Politician Birth Nation USA Nationality American Place Of Birth Sheffield, Alabama Ethnicity Mixed Father Addison Mitchell McConnell Mother Julia Odene Shockley High School DuPont Manual High School University University of Louisville Religion Christian Horoscope Pisces Marital Status Married Wife Elaine Chao Children 3 with Sherrill Redmon Net Worth $22.5 Million Salary Will Add Soon Height 1.75 m
Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr., popularly known as Mitch McConnell is an American politician. He is serving as Kentucky’s senior United States Senator and a Senate Majority Leader. He is the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate. He is also the longest-serving U.S. Senator from Kentucky in history and also the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senate leader in history.
What is Mitch McConnell Famous For?
– Second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate.
– the longest-serving U.S. Senator from Kentucky in history.
– The longest-serving Republican U.S. Senate leader in history.
Where was Mitch McConnell Born?
Mitch McConnell was born on 20 February 1942. His birth name is Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. His birth place is in Sheffield, Alabama in the United States. He holds American nationality. He is of Scots-Irish and English descent. He was born to a father, Addison Mitchell McConnell, and a mother, Julia Odene Shockley. He grew up in nearby Athens. His upper left leg was paralyzed by a polio attack at the age of 2. The treatment at the Warm Spring Institute in Georgia saved him from being disabled.
He attended duPont Manual High School at Louisville. After high school, he attended the University of Louisville. He graduated with a B.A. in political science from Louisville in 1964. He was the president of the Student Council of the College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
He started interning for Senator John Sherman Cooper in 1964. He also attended the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he graduated in 1967. He was the president of the Student Bar Association there.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve as a private at Louisville, Kentucky in March 1967. He was diagnosed with optic neuritis and was declared medically unfit for military service. Thus, he was honorably discharged from the military in August 1967.
He worked as an aide to Senator Marlow Cook from 1968 to 1970.
He returned to Louisville in 1971, where he worked for Tom Emberton’s candidacy for Governor of Kentucky.
He attempted to run for a seat in the state legislature. But he was disqualified because he did not meet the residency requirements for the office.
He then worked for a law firm for a few years.
He also started teaching political science at the University of Louisville.
He returned to D.C. in October 1974. He worked as Deputy Assistant Attorney General under President Gerald R. Ford.
He was elected to the Jefferson County Judge/Executive in 1977. He was re-elected in 1981.
He defeated Democratic opponent Walter Dee Huddleston in the 1984 Senate election.
He was the first Republican to win a statewide election in Kentucky since 1968.
He started his first term as a junior senator.
He has been re-elected five times since 1984. He defeated Harvey I. Sloane in 1990 Senate election, Steve Beshear in 1996 election, Lois Combs in 2002 election, Bruce Lunsford in 2008 Senate election, and Matt Bevin in 2014 Senate election.
He was the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 1998 and 2000 election cycles.
He was elected as Majority Whip in the 108th Congress.
He was reelected in 2004.
He was elected Senate Minority Leader in November 2006. He held that post until 2015.
Republicans took control of the Senate and McConnell became Senate Majority Leader.
Daily Show host Jon Stewart has criticized McConnell several times for not prioritizing passage of the bill that would have provided medical treatment for 9/11 first responders who experienced health complications related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. McConnell voted against the Zadroga Act in 2010. Stewart criticized McConnell that he did not care about anything other than politics. The House approved legislation to renew the health care funds in 2019. Stewart commented, “the issued has never been dealt with compassionately by Senator McConnell and that only under the intense lobbying and public shaming has he deigned to move on it”. McConnell backfired saying the legislation would be addressed in the Senate and that “it sounds to me like he is looking for some way to take offense”.
He is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.
He founded a Washington, D.C.-based legal defense organization, James Madison Center for Free Speech in 1997.
He was inducted as a member of the Sons of the American Revolution in March 2013.
Who is Mitch McConnell Married to?
Mitch Mitchell is a married man. He is married to Elaine Chao. They got married in 1993.
He was previously married to Sherrill Redmon. The couple got married in 1968 and later got divorced in 1980. He has 3 children with Redmon.
He underwent a triple heart bypass surgery in February 2003.
Host Jon Stewart repeatedly mocked McConnell on The Daily Show for his resemblance to a turtle or tortoise.
What is Mitch McConnell Net Worth?
Mitch McConnel’s net worth is estimated at $22.5 million. His personal wealth was increased after his father-in-law James S.C. Chao gave him properties worth between $5 and $25 million. The OpenSecrets website ranked him one of the wealthiest members of U.S. Senate in 2010.