From his high-profile spot in the thick of Senate action, Mitch McConnell sometimes glances back to the corner seat he occupied long ago during his days as a Senate newcomer.
McConnell, just starting his fifth term, has risen from the back bench to minority leader, and now the Republican known as a cunning, hard-hitting political strategist is about to achieve another milestone.
On Saturday, McConnell surpassed former Sen. Wendell Ford as the longest-serving Kentucky senator.
Ford served 8,772 days as a senator, according to the Senate historian's office.
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