The former minority leader, who has been elected back to back as the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell is a quite popular and powerful Republican figure and holds the record of being one of the longest-serving senators to have represented Kentucky.
He was an equivocal opposing voice during the re-election bid of the former president Barack Obama, his antics, however, did not succeed. He is also an ardent supporter is the basketball teams in the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville; the schools he earned both of his degrees from.
Mitch McConnell’s Bio
Senator Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. was born on the 20th February 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama. However, he grew up in Athens in the City of Georgia. His parents are Addison Mitchell and Julia McConnell, and they are members of the Southern Baptist Christian denomination. He has a mixed ancestry – English, Scottish, and Irish. He was almost crippled by polio at the tender age of 2 but for the urgent medical attention he received at Warm Spring Institute which came at a heavy cost and dug deep into the family coffers.
In his early teens, Mitch McConnell was educated in DuPont High school, Louisville. He thereafter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) degree in Political science in 1964. He also proceeded to obtain a second degree in Law from the University of Kentucky College of Law, graduating in 1967. Immediately after his varsity days, Mitch Mitchell joined the United States Army but was discharged honorable on health grounds after 5 weeks of training in August 1967.
After his discharge from the military, he decided to serve as an intern with the then-senator, John Sherman Cooper and later Senator Marlow Cook, all Republican senators from Kentucky. There, he learned the ropes in politics from 1968 to 1970 and eventually was moved to run for political office in his later years.
From the inception of his career as a politician and a senator, McConnell has sat on several committees like the Ex-Officio, Committee on Intelligence and Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry the and also sponsored and co-sponsored more than 23 bills that have been passed into law. Some of the bills include; Medicare and Medicaid extension Acts of 2008 and Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, to mention a few.
The powerful senator from Kentucky still aspires to retain his seat in the upcoming elections.
Mitch McConnell is noted as one of the wealthiest senators in the United States of America. He ranked 10th among the Wealthiest US Senators as at 2015, after his late mother-in-law bequeathed him and his wife with cash gift estimated to be between $5 million to $25 million. His net worth is estimated to be well over $22.5 million.
Is He Gay? Wife
Mitch McConnell is not a man liked by many, as the current US Senate minority leader, former US Senator, Senate minority whip from 2003 – 2007 and County Judge from 1977 to 1984, he has been labeled a villain by many and for many reasons. His second marriage to a Chinese woman – Elaine Chao – came under heavy criticism. She had been accused of discriminating white workers in her time as Labour Secretary.
McConnell has been enmeshed in a lot of controversies like inappropriate sexual behavior towards other women, but one thing his critics may not be able to pin on him is homosexuality. The US senator has been called gay since 2013; the claim so far has not been proven to be true, and the Senator maintains that he is straight. His two marriages testify to the fact.
Senator Mitch McConnell has been married twice. His first marriage was with Sherrill Redmond in 1988. The marriage lasted 12 years and they had 3 children together before they divorced. The reason for the divorce is not known but afterward, Sherrill assumed her maiden name and became a feminist. She was a director of Women History Archives at Smith College, Massachusetts.
He married Elaine Chao on the 6th of February 1993. She was a member of George W. Bush administration. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan and migrated to the United States with her parent at the age of 8. Chao’s father, James S. C. Chao owned a shipping company and her mother Ruth Chao is a historian. Elaine began her elementary education in Taiwan and continued her schooling by attending a High school in New York when her family came to America.
In 1975, she graduated with a Bachelor degree in Economics from Mount Holy Yoke College in Massachusetts and received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1979. She was an international banker for Citicorp, New York and worked with Ronald Reagan administration in 1983. She also worked with the George W. Bush administration from 1989 to 1991 as US Deputy Secretary of Transportation. She became the US Secretary of Labour from 2001-2009 before she left government work, to work with her foundation.
She was recalled and nominated by the Donald Trump administration as Secretary of Transportation in 2016 and was confirmed for the position in 2017. She has no children with Mitch McConnell.
Kids – Daughters
Mitch McConnell has 3 daughters from his first marriage with Sherrill Redmond namely; Elly McConnell (born in 1972), Claire McConnell (born in 1976) and Marian Porter McConnell (born in 1979) but his second marriage to Elaine Chao is yet to produce an offspring.