Washington, D.C. – Senator Mitch McConnell was unanimously re-elected by his colleagues on Wednesday to serve as Republican Leader for the 113th Congress. Senator McConnell is only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the U.S. Senate. The other Senator from Kentucky to serve as his party’s leader was Alben Barkley.
“I am honored that my colleagues once again supported me and invested their trust in me to lead the team as Republican Leader for another two years,” McConnell said in a statement issued by his office. “We have an energized leadership team that is committed to finding solutions to the critical issues facing our country. I will also use my leadership post to work on behalf of all Kentuckians to ensure they have a strong voice in the Nation’s Capital.”
Sen. McConnell was nominated by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), who each spoke on his behalf. This is the fourth time that Sen. McConnell was elected to serve as Republican Leader in the U.S. Senate.