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.
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 Nov 17, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Mitch McConnell sits on the following committees:
McConnell was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 4547 (116th): Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020
- S. 2985 (116th): Kentucky Wildlands National Heritage Area Study Act
- S. 32 (116th): Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument Act
- S. 2710 (115th): Protecting Moms and Infants 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
Does 28 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 (24%) Health (19%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) International Affairs (10%) Sports and Recreation (10%)
Recently Introduced Bills
McConnell recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 5129: A bill to modify the boundary of the Mammoth Cave National Park in …
- S. 3997: Land Between the Lakes Recreation and Heritage Act
- S. 3545: Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2022
- S.Res. 386: A resolution relative to the death of Robert Britton “Bob” Dove, Parliamentarian Emeritus …
- S.Res. 189: A resolution congratulating the University of Kentucky’s Women’s Volleyball Team for winning the …
- S. 1133: Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy Act
- S. 1091: A bill to designate certain future interstates and high priority corridors in Kentucky, …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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 Nov 2022, McConnell missed 107 of 12,808 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.4% 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