Mitch McConnell To Step Down As Senate Republican Leader

February 29, 2024

Father Time remains undefeated. I am no longer the young man sitting in the back, hoping colleagues would remember my name. It is time for the next generation of leadership.

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announcing on Wednesday that in November, he will step down from his position as Senate Republican leader. He said he will serve the remainder of his Senate term, which concludes in January 2027, “from a different seat in the chamber.”

Why It Matters: Sen. McConnell, 82, served for nearly two decades as the longest-serving party leader in the history of the U.S. Senate. His announcement comes after making headlines in recent months for health-related incidents, such as freezing up while speaking publicly.

Something to Consider: “His decision punctuates a powerful ideological transition underway in the Republican Party, from Ronald Reagan’s brand of traditional conservatism and strong international alliances, to the fiery, often isolationist populism of former President Donald Trump,” writes The Associated Press.

After the announcement, President Joe Biden said about Sen. McConnell, “I’ve trusted him and we have a great relationship. We fight like hell. But he has never, never, never misrepresented anything.”

Read More: McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November after a record run in the job (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas