Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. is an American politician serving as Kentucky's senior United States Senator and as Senate Majority Leader. McConnell is the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate, the longest-serving U.S. Senator for Kentucky in history, and the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senate leader in history.
McConnell was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and has been re-elected five times since. During the 1998 and 2000 election cycles, he was chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. McConnell was elected as Majority Whip in the 108th Congress and was re-elected to the post in 2004.