minority leader


Definition of minority leader 

: the leader of the minority party in a legislative body

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Batchelder was elected to the Ohio House in 1968 and spent many of his early years frustrated by Democratic Speaker Vern Riffe and the GOP minority leader, Corwin Nixon, who did little to challenge Riffe. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "How one GOP heiress influenced the Ohio House – and its leader's demise," 23 Apr. 2018 Last week, after Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer ended the 69-hour government shutdown with nothing to show for it, his irate constituents flooded the sidewalk across from his Brooklyn apartment in protest. Philip H. Devoe, National Review, "Democrats Are Stuck in an Immigration-Maximalist Mode," 31 Jan. 2018 After the vote totals were announced, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi downplayed the significance of Ocasio-Cortez's win and her colleague's defeat. Jay Willis, GQ, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won Not Because Her Ideas Are Radical, But Because They're Good," 27 June 2018 But that doesn't mean that Whitmer, who rose to become the Senate minority leader for her last four years in the Legislature, didn't have accomplishments. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Gretchen Whitmer fights for recognition in race for Michigan governor," 24 May 2018 The letter — sent to the Senate’s majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and its minority leader, Charles Schumer, on Friday afternoon —requests that the Senate keep the Secret Service provision from the final legislation. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Trump's Latest Voter Suppression Plan Smells Dictatorial," 12 Mar. 2018 LaPierre said Democrats such as House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut were eagerly blaming the NRA. Washington Post, "NRA strikes a defiant tone, criticizes gun control advocates," 23 Feb. 2018 Both men knew who was likeliest to be unhappy: State Representative Joel Kretz, the Republican deputy minority leader of the State House. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 Trump told more than 15 House and Senate GOP appropriators that Schumer, the Senate minority leader, would get rid of the legislative filibuster if Democrats took over the chamber in November. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Crowley going down spotlights the looming Democratic identity crisis," 27 June 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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: the leader of the political party that has fewer members than the leading party in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives

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