Mitch McConnell is of Scots-Irish and English descent.
Mitch McConnell was born Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. on January 20, 1942, in Sheffield, Alabama, United States to the family of Addison Mitchell McConnell Sr. and Julia Odene "Dean" Shockley. He spent his childhood nearby Athens, Alabama. His ancestor James McConnell, from County Down, Ireland, who came to this country as a young boy in the 1760s, went on to fight for the colonies in the American Revolution. McConnell contracted polio at age 2 and was not allowed to walk for two years while completing physical therapy.