What Is Mitch McConnell's Background?


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Mitch McConnell is the current Senate Majority Leader of the United States Senate, as of July 2015. McConnell was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and is Kentucky’s longest-serving senator.

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Mitch McConnell was born in Sheffield, Alabama before moving to Georgia at a young age. His family then moved to Kentucky in his teenage years. Following high school, McConnell attended the University of Louisville, where he graduated with honors and a major in history. He also attended the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he served as president of the Student Bar Association.

After completing his formal education, Senator McConnell began his work in Washington, D.C., first serving as an intern on Capitol Hill for Senator John Sherman Cooper and then serving as chief legislative assistant to Senator Marlow Cook. Following this, McConnell was chosen as deputy assistant attorney general by President Gerald Ford.

Moving back to Kentucky, McConnell was elected the Jefferson County Judge in 1977 and re-elected in 1981. Then in 1984, Mitch McConnell was elected to the United States Senate, narrowly beating his incumbent opponent. McConnell has served in the U.S. Senate since, being elected to Minority Leader in 2006 and Majority Leader in 2014.

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