minority leader


Definition of minority leader

: the leader of the minority party in a legislative body

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But Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has suggested Democrats might not go along with a red-flag bill. John Mccormack, National Review, "What Congress Might Do on Gun Control," 9 Aug. 2019 House leaders in both parties, led by majority leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, and minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, have been trying to orchestrate a maneuver to bless a cost-of-living increase. BostonGlobe.com, "House would block Feds from interfering with state pot laws," 21 June 2019 That includes incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, and incoming House minority leader Kionne McGhee, D-Homestead. Steve Bousquet And David Smiley, miamiherald, "Democratic women ride wave of new candidates in Florida," 22 June 2018 Ford, who had been Republican minority leader in the House of Representatives, was nominated by Nixon as Agnew’s replacement and confirmed by Congress. Jay Cost, National Review, "In Praise of Gerald Ford," 9 Sep. 2019 There is a Democrat who could be a formidable contender for either seat: Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, who narrowly lost a highly contested governor’s race last year. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Urgency of the 2020 Senate Race," 1 Sep. 2019 Last week, US Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer became the latest Democrat to visit a migrant detention facility at the US-Mexico border. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The treatment of children at the US border is more than a political crisis," 23 July 2019 A few hours later, after similar messages from other members of the Republican congressional leadership, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, the minority leader, Trump publicly disavowed the chant. Los Angeles Times, "Trump, playing with fire on racial issues, already getting burned," 19 July 2019 Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House, and Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s minority leader, have called for his resignation. The Economist, "Was Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal fishy?," 13 July 2019

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of minority leader

: 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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