The world of politics is mostly a nasty one. It’s a world where careers are made and destroyed overnight. Therefore when a politician not only survives but thrives for over 35 years it’s surprising.
Such is the legacy of Mitch McConnell, who has been holding the Senate seat for Kentucky for decades now. His first term as the Senator for Kentucky was in 1984.
In fact, Senator McConnell has even won the re-election this year. In what can be dubbed as one of the most-watched Senate races in this election, all eyes were on Senator McConnell and his Democrat challenger Amy McGrath.
After defeating Amy McGrath with over 400,000 votes, Mitch McConnell is expected to go on a seventh term.
Mitch McConnell’s Net Worth after holding the Senate office for over 25 years?
After being re-elected for four consecutive terms, McConnell’s net worth is something that a lot of people are curious to find out. McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao together have a combined net worth of somewhat in the range of $13.42 million to $54.56 million.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Senator McConnell is the seventh richest senator in the country.
Who is Mitch McConnell? A Lawyer, a Judge, and a Senator!
McConnell has put on several hats over the years. Born in 1942, Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. is of Scottish-Irish and English descent.
He belongs to a family where almost every generation had listed in the army. One of his ancestors even fought for the American side in the American Revolutionary War.
Mitch’s family moved to Louisville, Kentucky from Fort Gordon, Georgia in 1956. It was during his time at high school that Senator McConnell had his first run-in with politics. He was elected the student council president of his junior high school.
After completing his bachelor in Political Science from the University of Louisville, McConnell went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was the President of the Student Council during both.
McConnell later enlisted in the army as part of the educational draft back in the day. But he was soon deemed unfit for the army because he was diagnosed with optic neuritis.
He even served as an aide to Senator Marlow Cook for two years starting from 1968. McConnell returned to Kentucky a few years later and managed Tom Emberton’s campaign run for the Governor of Kentucky.
McConnell returned to Washington when he was appointed the Deputy Assistant Attorney General under President Ford in 1974. He was then elected the Jefferson County Judge in 1977 and went on to occupy the office until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in ’84.