Mitch McConnell re-elected as U.S. Senate minority leader

November 14, 2012 | | Comments 4

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

By Beth Musgrave

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was re-elected as Senate minority leader on Wednesday.

McConnell, whose caucus lost seats to the Democratic majority on Nov. 6, will have a fourth term as leader of Senate Republicans.

McConnell was nominated for the top spot by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

In a statement released by McConnell’s office, the Louisville native said an “energized” Republican leadership is committed to finding solutions to the country’s problems.

“I am honored that my colleagues once again supported me and invested their trust in me to lead the team as Republican Leader for another two years,” McConnell said.

McConnell is the second Kentuckian to be chosen as the leader of his party in the Senate. The first was Democratic Sen. Alben Barkley, who served as Senate Majority Leader and was later vice president under President Harry Truman.

McConnell was first elected leader of Senate Republicans in 2006. He is Kentucky’s longest-serving senator and is up for re-election in 2014.

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  1. Mary Moore says:

    Is there any way to get rid of this person who has done so much damage to our economy?? We would all be better of now if he would look out for all of us not just a small base.

  2. Buck Feshear says:

    I am torn between being happy that a Kentuckian has this powerful position, and wishing that a real conservative like Jim DeMint had been chosen.

    And Mary, sorry to tell you this, but it’s not Mitch that’s damaged the economy. That’s Obama’s baby. Although I do disagree with McConnell’s positions on the bailouts and such.

  3. Richard Leonard says:

    Shows me why the Republicans lost the election and with people like Mitch leading them they will be sure to lose many more elections.

  4. J. Holman says:

    What a waste of a vote!! McConnell has definitely hurt the economy if for no other reason then his inability to work for anyone but himself; just like Williams (thank goodness he has finally been removed).

    McConnell is an obstructionist who is a brilliant parliamentarian and therefore uses rules against others thereby not having to have an original idea (which he never has had which is a shame given his years and ranking). Waste, waste, waste.