McConnell Minority

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell’s responsibilities are changing. He may soon take on the role as Senate Minority Leader, a position he didn’t quite envision himself in this term.

McConnell currently holds the number two position of whip in the Senate GOP hierarchy. He’s expected to succeed retiring Tennessee Senator Bill Frist as GOP leader.

When the new Senate convenes in January, democrats will control 51 seats to republicans’ 49. The close split means republicans will still have significant power because it often takes 60 votes to pass legislation.

Republican Senators are expected to pick their leaders on Nov. 15, 2006.