minority leader


Definition of minority leader

: the leader of the minority party in a legislative body

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Recent Examples on the Web The president-elect met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, and announced more senior staff appointments for his administration. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Georgia and Michigan Deliver Blows to Trump’s Efforts to Undo the Election," 20 Nov. 2020 Kerttula played chess with the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens during the early days of the Legislature, passing a magnetic board back and forth during long House sessions when Kerttula served as minority leader and Stevens presided over the body. Anchorage Daily News, "Longtime former Alaska lawmaker Jay Kerttula dies at age 92," 18 Nov. 2020 McCarthy faced no opposition to return as minority leader during the closed-door gathering under COVID-19 protocols. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "Trump ally McCarthy is reelected leader of House Republicans," 17 Nov. 2020 McClinton is the first Black woman to serve as the House minority leader. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania lawmakers select first female leaders in House, Senate," 13 Nov. 2020 Abrams previously served as minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "Democrats speculate Stacey Abrams intends to make second run for governor: report," 12 Nov. 2020 No stranger to the entertainment world, Abrams was a prolific romance novelist before serving as the minority leader for the Georgia House of Representatives and famously running for governor in 2018. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "After turning Georgia blue, Stacey Abrams impresses with her ‘Buffy’ knowledge," 10 Nov. 2020 As minority leader in the Georgia House, Abrams began to reimagine the electorate in a state with shifting demographics that were increasingly Black and Brown. Errin Haines, USA TODAY, "How Stacey Abrams blew up Georgia’s electoral map," 6 June 2019 Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer reiterated his support for a proposal to cancel up to $50,000 in student debt in a recent interview, urging Biden to make the issue a priority within his first 100 days as president. Emma Specter, Vogue, "7 Young People on What Biden Canceling Student Debt Would Mean for Them," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of minority leader

1909, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2020

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“Minority leader.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minority%20leader. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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