Majority Leader McConnell Welcomes Senator Luther Strange

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks this morning on the Senate floor welcoming Senator Luther Strange (R-AL):

“Of course, the departure of one Senator [Sessions] typically heralds the arrival of a new one.  Today is no different.  I hope colleagues will join me in welcoming Alabama’s newest Senator later today, Luther Strange, who will be sworn in this afternoon.

“You won’t have much trouble finding him.  He’ll be about the tallest guy around here.  Senator Thune and Senator Cotton last night were somewhat distressed by the notion that they’d be replaced by an even taller Senator.  That will happen later today.  Now you’d expect nothing different from a former college basketball player.  Luther Strange, like the man who preceded him, is a devoted Eagle Scout.

“He shares his interest in the law too. He even argued successfully before the Supreme Court. It’s notable experience to bring to any job, especially this one and especially at a time when we’re actively involved in the process of considering a new — and superbly qualified — nominee to the court.

“We’re looking forward to the contributions Alabama’s newest Senator will make.  He’ll have the chance to get started right away.  We’ve got important work to do.  That starts with confirming more of the qualified Cabinet nominees before us."

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