Four of the most defining moments of Mitch McConnell’s time as Senate leader

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has overseen several significant developments as the longest-serving Senate leader in history. On Wednesday, McConnell announced he would step down as minority leader in November.

“One of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter, so I stand before you today, Mr. President and my colleagues, to say this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate,” McConnell said.

McConnell has led the Senate GOP since 2007, and he became the longest-serving leader in Senate history last year when he took the mantle from former Democratic Montana Sen. Mike Mansfield, who was the Democrats‘ leader from 1961 to 1977.

Since he came to Washington in 1984, McConnell has had a profound effect on
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