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McConnell becomes longest-serving senator from Kentucky

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Much has happened since he occupied small desk in back of Senate chamber

By The Staff

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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