McConnell to step down as Senate Republican leader

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Wednesday that he would step down as the Republican leader in the chamber in November. McConnell has served in that capacity since 2007.

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MITCH MCCONNELL: To serve Kentucky in the Senate has been the honor of my life. To lead my Republican colleagues has been the highest privilege. But one of life's most underappreciated talents is to know when it's time to move on to life's next chapter. So I stand before you today. Mr. President and my colleagues, to say this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate.

I'm not going anywhere any time soon. However, I'll complete my job my colleagues have given me until we select a new leader in November, and they take the helm next January. I'll finish the job the people of Kentucky hired me to do as well, albeit from a different seat, and I'm actually looking forward to that.

So it's time for me to think about another season. I love the Senate. It's been my life. There may be more distinguished members of this body throughout our history, but I doubt there were with any more admiration for the Senate.

After all this time, I still get a thrill walking into the Capitol and especially on this venerable floor, knowing that we, each of us, have the honor to represent our states and do the important work of our country. But father time remains undefeated. I'm no longer the young man sitting in the back, hoping colleagues would remember my name. It's time for the next generation of leadership.