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Sen. Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader and Senator for Kentucky

pronounced mich // muh-KA-nul


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.

Photo of Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Committee Membership

Mitch McConnell sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

McConnell was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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:

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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.

Voting Record

Key Votes

McConnell voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

McConnell voted Yea

McConnell voted Yea

McConnell voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

McConnell voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: