Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is working on a memoir.
The Kentucky senator said Tuesday that he planned to tell his personal story, including overcoming polio as a child in Alabama, and the story of his long career in public life.
"It's hard for me to believe it's been four decades in politics," McConnell, 73, said during a telephone interview, adding that the book "gives you an opportunity to convey the lessons you've learned over the years."
Known as one of Washington's savviest politicians, McConnell has given his book the working title The Long Game, a reference to his ability to prevail as a legislator and as a political candidate. He was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and has withstood various challenges, including a tough primary against conservative businessman Matt Bevin in 2014.
Asked if he would write about some of his political rivals, from President Barack Obama to his Democratic counterpart in the Senate, Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, McConnell said the book would be a "candid assessment of the people I've worked with and negotiated with and some of the challenges and opportunities we've had over some 30 years in the Senate."
Talks with publishers are expected to take place over the summer, and McConnell does not have a release date in mind. McConnell said he would have assistance on the book, which he has begun.