READ IN FULL: Mitch McConnell’s Senate floor speech on resignation of leadership

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on Wednesday he will step down as a Republican leader in November, reminiscing about his service but reminding colleagues that he’s “not going anywhere.”

McConnell, who became Senate party leader in 2006, has been the longest-serving Senate leader in United States history. He said he would continue to serve Kentucky as a senator, “albeit from a different seat … and I’m actually looking forward to that.”

Read McConnell’s floor remarks on his intent to step down below:

“As some of you may know, this has been a particularly difficult time for my family. We tragically lost Elaine’s youngest sister, Angela, a few weeks ago. When you lose a loved one, particularly at a young age, there is a certain introspection that accompanies the grieving process.

“Perhaps it is God’s
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