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UK Law Alum Mitch McConnell Among Time's 100 Most Influential People

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader and University of Kentucky College of Law alumnus Mitch McConnell has been named to Time's 100 Most Influential People list and will be featured in the annual Time 100 issue available on newsstands April 27.

The list, now in its 12th year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

McConnell joins Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton and others on the list. The list includes five categories: titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons. McConnell is dubbed "Master of the Senate" in the leaders category.

"He is often praised for his mastery of Senate rules, his crafty procedural maneuvers and his knowledge of the Senators in his caucus," wrote Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, author of the Time 100 tribute on McConnell. "He loves America and our Constitution."

David A. Brennen, dean of the UK College of Law, notes that “Senator McConnell has long been a great friend to our law school.” Brennen adds that “given his long list of legislative accomplishments, McConnell’s selection for inclusion on this distinguished list of leaders is well deserved and no surprise at all.”

McConnell graduated from the UK College of Law in 1967, where he was elected president of the Student Bar Association.

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