Senator Mitch McConnell, (R-KY)
Senator McConnell was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984—the only Republican candidate to defeat an incumbent Democrat in that election cycle. In 1998 and again in 2000, he was elected by his Republican colleagues to chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee, responsible for the Senate GOP’s electoral efforts in those election cycles. He was then unanimously elected as Majority Whip, the Leader responsible for rounding up the votes of GOP senators on critical legislative issues. In 2006, McConnell was elected—again by a unanimous vote of his Republican colleagues—as Minority Leader, from which position he sets the Republican legislative agenda.