Details of Mitch McConnell’s two wives and kids

Mitch McConnell is an American politician representing Kentucky State in the Senate. Aged 81, McConnell is Kentucky’s longest-serving senator and is regarded as one of America’s oldest politicians.

Often cited as “controversial”, Mitch McConnell has been in the news for multiple events but more recently for freezing twice while giving a speech to the media. Our previous article on Mitch McConnell explores the politician’s biography and health conditions in more detail.

Mitch McConnell’s marriage and wife

As of the time of publishing this article (September 2023), Mitch McConnell is married to his second wife Elaine Chao. Before marrying Elaine Chao, McConnell was formerly married for 12 years to his first wife, activist Sherrill Redmon. Mitch and his ex-wife Sherrill Redmon wedded in 1968 and were together until 1980. The former couple share three beautiful daughters together.

Following their divorce, McConnell gave love another chance. In 1993, he wedded for the second time to Elaine Chao, a Taiwan-born businesswoman. Mitch McConnell and his second wife Elaine Chao have been married for nearly 30 years as of 2023. They do not have any kids together.

List of Mitch McConnell’s past relationships and girlfriends 

US Senator Mitch McConnell has only been romantically linked to two women – his ex-wife Sherrill Redmon, and current wife Elaine Chao.

About Mitch McConnell’s ex-wife – Sherrill Redmon

Mitch McConnell’s ex-wife Sherrill Redmon is a feminist activist. She is the mother of Mitch McConnell’s only children. When they were married, Sherrill Redmon was merely a homemaker even though she campaigned with the US Senator occasionally. After they split in 1980, Sherrill worked actively at Smith College in Massachusetts on a Feminism Oral History Project, with journalist Gloria Steinem.

Mitch McConnell’s first wife Sherrill Redmon

About Mitch McConnell’s second wife – Elaine Chao 

Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao is an entrepreneur and former public servant. She held the office of Secretary of Labor during President George Bush’s regime. She was also Secretary of Transportation during President Donald Trump’s rule. Born on March 26, 1953, McConnell’s wife is 70 years old as of September 2023. Chao is originally from Taiwan but holds an American citizenship. Her father, James Chao, is a famous Chinese business executive, while her late mother, Ruth Mulan Chu, was a philanthropist. Despite coming from an affluent home, McConnell’s wife has a thriving career. She is, in fact, worth about $30 million as of 2023.

Mitch McConnell and his second wife Elaine Chao first met me in the 90s through a mutual friend, who invited them to a dinner date. They started dating almost instantly and had a private wedding in 1993 in the chapel of the US Capitol. Even though McConnell and Chao have been married for three decades now, they have no kids together.

Mitch McConnell’s second wife Elaine Chao.

Mitch McConnell’s kids 

As of September 2023, Mitch McConnell has three children (three daughters), with his ex-wife, Sherrill Redmon.

List of Mitch McConnell’s kids:

  1. Eleanor “Elly” McConnell
  2. Claire McConnell 
  3. Porter McConnell

About Mitch McConnell’s daughters 

1. Eleanor ‘Elly’ McConnell 

Elly McConnell is the first child of Mitch McConnell and his first wife Sherrill Redmon. Eleanor was born in 1972, and she is 51 years old as of 2023. Mitch’s first daughter is reportedly an environmental activist.

Elly McConnell.

2. Claire McConnell 

Claire McConnell is the second child of McConnell and his former wife Redmon. Mitch McConnell’s second daughter was born in 1976 and she is 47 years old as of 2023. According to reports, Claire was a tutor at the Hawthorne Valley School in New York. Claire McConnell is the most private of all Mitch McConnell’s daughters. She was in the news in 2003 for “over-disciplining” her students at Hawthorne Valley School in New York with acts that included tying them to chairs and taping their mouths. Claire McConnell later apologized for her actions.

Claire McConnell.

3. Porter McConnell 

Porter McConnell is the third child of Mitch McConnell and his ex-wife Sherrill Redmon. Born in 1979, Porter is 44 years old as of 2023. According to information gathered by DNB Stories, Mitch McConnell’s third daughter is a political activist and feminist.

Porter McConnell.

A public policy degree holder, Porter McConnell was a legislative aide for a Massachusetts State Senator. Porter randomly shares her political views on her Twitter page – some of which conflict with her father’s. In fact, she is the most vocal of Mitch McConnell’s children. Porter spends most of her time in Washington with her author husband, Thomas Flores.

Porter McConnell and her husband Thomas Flores.
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