Mitch McConnell, born on February 20, 1942, is a long-serving U.S. Senator from Kentucky, first elected in 1984 and known for his tenure as Senate Majority Leader from 2015.
Raised in Georgia and Kentucky, McConnell earned degrees from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky before beginning a career in politics.
He served as a legislative assistant, a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and a Jefferson County Judge/Executive before his Senate election.
Despite initial moderate views, McConnell turned increasingly conservative throughout his political journey.
He played a significant role in opposing Democratic President Barack Obama’s initiatives, marking him as a prominent figure of Republican opposition.
Notably, he blocked Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, leaving the position open for Republican President Donald Trump’s appointment.
McConnell, who is the longest-serving senator in Kentucky’s history, was married twice, to Sherrill Redmon and Elaine Chao, the latter being Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and Secretary of Commerce under President Trump.
Here are some of the most notable quotes from Mitch McConnel.
Top 10 Mitch McConnell Quotes
If there’s any country in the world that doesn’t deserve sanctions relief, it’s Russia. ~ Mitch McConnell.
It seems with every new day, we have a new veto threat from the president. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Republicans will not be reduced to being the tax collectors for the Obama economy. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Obama hasn’t been working to earn re-election, he’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour! ~ Mitch McConnell.
NATO is the most important military alliance in world history. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The country doesn’t need saving. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Americans don’t think we should be raising taxes on anybody, especially in the middle of a recession. ~ Mitch McConnell.
You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. ~ Mitch McConnell.
If the idea behind Obamacare was to get everyone covered, that’s one of the many failures. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Famous Mitch McConnell Quotes
All Citizens United did was to level the playing field for corporate speech. We now have, I think, the most free and open system we’ve had in modern times. ~ Mitch McConnell.
It’s a shame that we have to use whatever leverage we have in Congress to get the president to deal with the biggest problem confronting our future. And that’s our excessive spending. ~ Mitch McConnell.
We ought to make sure that the eligibility for entitlements meets the demographics of America. ~ Mitch McConnell.
It took us in this country 11 years to get from the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution. ~ Mitch McConnell.
For everybody who thinks it’s warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn’t. ~ Mitch McConnell.
By their own admission, leaders of the Republican Revolution of 1994 think their greatest mistake was overlooking the power of the veto. They gave the impression they were somehow in charge when they weren’t. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Tiger Woods and John Edwards had a better year than the Stimulus bill. ~ Mitch McConnell.
We’re living under the Obama economy. Any CEO in America with a record like this after three years on the job would be graciously shown the door. This president blames the managers instead. He blames the folks on the shop floor. He blames the weather. ~ Mitch McConnell.
We all know that Social Security is one of this country’s greatest success stories in the 20th century. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Forcing free market plans to compete with these government-run programs would create an unlevel playing field and inevitably doom true competition… ~ Mitch McConnell.
The White House has a choice: They can change course, or they can double down on a vision of government that the American people have roundly rejected. ~ Mitch McConnell.
I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting. Most of us didn’t think that. What we did learn is this – it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Popular Mitch McConnell Quotes
We need to strengthen and save Social Security for today’s workers. If we don’t act now, this system, born out of the New Deal, will become a bad deal. ~ Mitch McConnell.
After adding trillions to the debt on big-government policies most Americans didn’t ask for and which we couldn’t afford, Democratic leaders say they need more money, which they intend to take from small business, even though small businesses create the majority of new jobs. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The administration still wants to govern from the far-left and that’s going to produce kind a partisan result here in the Congress. ~ Mitch McConnell.
On the issue of Iraq, it is my hope, and my challenge to my colleagues, that our debate will be based on what is best for the future of our nation and for Iraq, not what’s best for a political party or presidential campaign. ~ Mitch McConnell.
While other state governments stiff their vendors, close parks, delay tax refunds, and ignore unacceptably poor service levels, Indiana state employees are setting national standards for efficiency. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Mitt Romney has spent his entire life finding ways to solve problems. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The minimum wage is mostly an entry-level wage for young people. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Whether it’s before the election or after the election, the principle is the American people are choosing their next president and their next president should pick this Supreme Court nominee. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Syria and Iran have always had a pretty tight relationship, and it looks to me like they just cooked up a press release to put out to sort of restate the obvious. They’re both problem countries; we know that. And this doesn’t change anything. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Best Mitch McConnell Quotes
I think the important thing to remember here is that we haven’t been attacked again at home since September of 2001. ~ Mitch McConnell.
It’s a shame that the president doesn’t embrace the effort to reduce spending. None of us like using situations like the sequester or the debt ceiling or the operation of government to try to engage the president to deal with this. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The biggest problem confronting the country is our excessive spending. If we’re not going to deal with it now, when are we going to deal with it? And we’ve watched the government explode over the last four years. We’ve dealt with the revenue issue. ~ Mitch McConnell.
We have a debt the size of our economy, which makes us look a lot like Greece. ~ Mitch McConnell.
A reporter asked recently, ‘What keeps you up at night?’ I replied that I generally sleep well, but if I ever do have trouble, I don’t have to count sheep. I count all the states I’m glad I’m not the governor of. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Wise Mitch McConnell Quotes
The new troops in Iraq need to be Iraqi troops. ~ Mitch McConnell.
As the leader of the Republicans what I’m telling that we elected the president to be president. It’s time for him to step up to the plate and lead us in the direction of reducing our excessive spending. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The money that goes into Social Security is not the government’s money. it’s your money. You paid for it. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Public disclosure of campaign contributions and spending should be expedited so voters can judge for themselves what is appropriate. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The bill that job creators and out-of-work Americans need us to pass is the one that ensures taxes won’t go up – one that says Americans and small-business owners won’t get hit with more bad news at the end of the year. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The debt they ran up in the first year of the Obama administration is bigger than the last four years of the Bush combined. ~ Mitch McConnell.
Are we still a country that takes risks, that innovates, that believes anything is possible? Or are we a country that is resigned to whatever liberty the government decides to dish out? ~ Mitch McConnell.
Insightful Mitch McConnell Quotes
It just doesn’t occur to an American that someone else will solve their problems. Americans take pride in solving problems for themselves. And if we fail, we get back up and try again. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The country is yearning for a change. I’d rather take my chances on somebody new, particularly with regard to the Supreme Court. ~ Mitch McConnell.
It is time for a leader who will lead. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The president feels not only do we need to change these rogue regimes, but even our friendly allies, who really basically have, sort of, benign dictatorships, need to get with the program if they want to have long-term security and prosperity from terrorism. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The worst day of my political life was when President George W. Bush signed McCain-Feingold into law in the early part of his first Administration. ~ Mitch McConnell.
The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. ~ Mitch McConnell.
I’ve often wished we had more women in the Senate. ~ Mitch McConnell.
So these were the 53 popular quotes about Mitch McConnell.