McConnell Cements Standing With Historic Milestone

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday will become the longest-serving Senate Republican leader in history, surpassing former Sen. Bob Dole (Kan.), a testament to his canny political skills and loyalty within the GOP conference.

Tuesday will be McConnell’s 4,179th day as Senate Republican leader, according to the Senate Historical Office, a position he ascended to on Jan. 3, 2007, after Republicans lost control of both chambers of Congress.

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) is expected to mark McConnell’s record-setting tenure with a floor speech Tuesday.

As the Senate Republican leader, McConnell has kept a steady hand on the party through two political revolutions within the GOP: the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009 and 2010 and the election of President Trump, a stunning upset that even surprised many Republicans.

Read more at The Hill.

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