McConnell is the senior senator from Kentucky and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 1985. McConnell is next up for reelection in 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027.
He is also Senate Minority Leader, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2020 Report Card for McConnell.
McConnell is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills McConnell has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Apr 14, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Mitch McConnell sits on the following committees:
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Ex Officio
- Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Senate Committee on Appropriations
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittees
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
McConnell was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 32 (116th): Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument Act
- S. 2667 (115th): Hemp Farming Act of 2018
- S. 799 (114th): Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015
- S. 625 (114th): Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015
- S. 2183 (113th): A bill entitled “United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions”.
- S.J.Res. 29 (111th): A joint resolution approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.
- S.J.Res. 17 (111th): A joint resolution approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and for other purposes.
Does 25 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
McConnell sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) International Affairs (17%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Health (13%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Environmental Protection (9%)
Some of McConnell’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1133: A bill to direct the Director of the National Institutes of Health, in ...
- S. 1091: A bill to designate certain future interstates and high priority corridors in Kentucky, ...
- S.Res. 32: A resolution to constitute the minority party’s membership on certain committees for the ...
- S.Res. 5: A resolution honoring the memory of Officer Brian David Sicknick of the United ...
- S.Res. 2: A resolution informing the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate ...
- S.Res. 1: A resolution establishing a Committee to Inform the President of the United States ...
- S.Res. 3: A resolution fixing the hour of daily meeting of the Senate.
As Senate Minority Leader, McConnell may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 1985 to Apr 2021, McConnell missed 84 of 12,076 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills