McConnell, Mitch (Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr.), 1942-, U.S. politician, b. Tuscumbia, Ky., grad. Univ. of Louisville (B.A. 1964), Univ. of Kentucky Law School (J.D., 1967). A conservative Republican, he was elected judge-executive of Jefferson co., Ky., in 1978 and served two terms before winning a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1984. Subsequently reelected (1990, 1996, 2002, 2008), he chaired the Senate ethics (1995-97) and rules and administration 1999-2001) committees and was well known for his strong opposition to the McCain-Feingold finance reform bill. Senate Republican whip from 2003 to 2007, he became the minority leader in 2007.
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