from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The head of the minority party in a legislative body.
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- n. In each of the legislative chambers of the United States Congress—the United States Senate and the House of Representatives—the elected member selected by the members of the political party with the second-largest number of elected members, who serves as principal spokesperson for the members of that party in that chamber and who plays a leading role in creating policies and strategies governing his or her party's business in that chamber.
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- n. leader of the minority party in a legislature
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For the analysis that preempted Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, CBS had Senate minority leader Everett Dirksen.