Mitch McConnell to step down as Senate Republican Leader

The longest-serving Senator in history will finish out his term.

GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell will leave his position leading the party in November. 

McConnell, 82, announced his decision on the Senate floor on Wednesday. 


The big picture: While he is leaving his spot as Senate Republican Leader, McConnell will serve out his term in the Senate representing Kentucky, which will end in January 2027. 

  • The Associated Press reported that McConnell’s decision is not related to his health. Last year, McConnell suffered a concussion from a fall and had two episodes in public where he froze while speaking. 
  • He has served in the Senate since 1985 and has been the longest-serving Senator in history. 

What they’re saying: “To serve Kentucky in the Senate has been the honor of my life,” McConnell said. “To lead my Republican colleagues has been the highest privilege.” 

  • McConnell said the death of his wife’s youngest sister prompted him to consider his future in politics. 
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