Monday, February 20, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: February 20, 1942 - Mitch McConnell


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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Born in Louisville, on February 20, 1942, Addison Mitchell ("Mitch") McConnell, U.S. Senator, is the son of A.M. and Dean McConnell of Shelbyville, Kentucky. He attended Louisville's Manual High School, received his B.A. from the University of Louisville in 1964, and graduated from the University of Kentucky law school in 1967. McConnell was chief legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Marlowe Cook and was named deputy assistant attorney general in President Gerald Ford's administration (1974-77). After serving two terms as the elected judge executive in Jefferson County , McConnell, a Republican, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, defeating incumbent Walter Huddleston . He was reelected in 1990, defeating Dr. Harvey Sloane of Louisville. McConnell has served on the Senate Agriculture, Foreign Relations, Energy and Natural Resources, and Rules committees. Among McConnell's interests is the national effort on behalf of missing and exploited children; President Ronald Reagan appointed him to serve on the National Partnership on Child Safety. McConnell and his former wife, Sherrill Redmon, are the parents of three children -- Elly, Claire, and Porter.

JANE C. BRYANT, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Dyche, John David. Republican Leader : A Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell. Wilmington, Del.: ISI, 2009. Print.
E840.8.M3325 D93 2009, Spec Collections Research Center - Room 019

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