Mitch has three children from his first marriage: Claire, Porter, and Elly. • His short period of time for the Military, has been a controversial issue and many politicians have raised their questions over it. McConnell was born in Sheffield, Alabama, and grew up in nearby Athens, Alabama. Font Size: Take a moment to appreciate all the mini-McConnell’s running walking around out there. He is of Scots-Irish and English descent. Chao married Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, 75, in 1993 and they are both Republicans. From 1968 to 1980, McConnell was married to his first wife, Sherrill Redmon, with whom he shares 3 children. Don’t expect to read anything about Elaine Chao’s children, because she doesn’t have an! McConnell was born February 20, 1942, to Addison Mitchell McConnell Sr. (1917–1990) and Julia Odene "Dean" (née Shockley) McConnell (1919–1993). One of his ancestors fought on the American side in the American Revolutionary War. Let’s hope the Senator’s grandchildren make it to the sea in time! On the night of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that a Trump nominee to … • After President Donald Trump's racial comments on Twitter, Mitch McConnell backed Trump and said, "Trump is not racist." August 10, 2014 10:04 PM ET. To use power, you must have it. Follow Rachel on Twitter. Mitch McConnell is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party who has served as the senior United States Senator from Kentucky since 1985. Mitch McConnell’s Grandchildren Are TOO Cute [SLIDESHOW] Comments Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter. He has gained a reputation as a skilled political strategist and tactician. The former minority leader, who has been elected back to back as the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell is a quite popular and powerful Republican figure and holds the record of being one of the longest-serving senators to have represented Kentucky.