Addison Mitchell 'Mitch' McConnell, Jr. (born February 20, 1942) is the senior United States Senator from Kentucky. A member of the Republican Party, he is the Minority Leader of the Senate. He is the longest serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky history. McConnell was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama and raised in southern Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Julia (ne Shockley) and Addison Mitchell McConnell. His father died of cancer at age 72 and his mother died from complications from a stroke. She was 74. He attended the duPont Manual High School. In 1964, he graduated with honors from the University of Louisville with a B.A. in political science. He was student body president and a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. McConnell has maintained strong ties to his alma mater, and 'remains a rabid fan of its sports teams.' He graduated in 1967 from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was elected president of the Student Bar Association.
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